The Ren Faire starts in a few weeks! It's been a while since we went, so I think this year we'll have to make a point of going. I was digging the costumes out of the closet, and realized that the kid had, like all her other things, outgrown hers. This'll mean some serious reworking of it on my part, again. I think I've reworked her original costume from when she was a baby maybe 3-4 times so far. She's 10 now, and I'd still like to incorporate bits of the original baby costume where I can. I have a lot of fun making costumes when I can, although I'm strictly an amatuer.
I don't have pictures handy of the original, but it
was a light brown dress with a muslin shift underneath. The bodice and
the bottom 1/3 of the dress were quilted in a diamond pattern I'd
applied brass studs and ribbon to the quilted dress bodice, bottom 1/3
and sleeves, and fixed up a lace cap for her. It worked up pretty well,
all things considered.
Well she got older and started walking,
and while the dress still fit her body, it was laughably short. When she
reached age 2, I cut the bottom 1/3 of the dress off and spliced in a
dark green skirt, adding the quilted 1/3 back onto the hem.
Here is her costume when she was age 3. She got a blue underskirt and inherited my first
muslin blouse. The original dress/skirt was tucked up, and I made her a
new muffin cap. The sides of the bodice and top of the shoulders of
the dress were slashed, I placed grommets there and threaded ribbon
through the grommets, joining the pieces that way so they could be
With her older cousin.
And with her dad and I. I also made my costume but not his, except for his boot covers.
she was 5 it got a major revamping, I switched to a purple corduroy
bodice/overskirt but I attached the original baby costume's beaded
sleeves. She also got another skirt, a light purple one. Everything
else stayed pretty much the same.
Here she's on stage with The Merry Wives of Windsor.
2006 she wore it again as it was. The following year was a furnace, so
we went in street clothes and survived the day. The last two years
we've missed going entirely, what with one thing and another.
now...I don't know. Luckily she tends to grow up and not out, she's of
normal height/weight. After school today I'll get her to try on the
parts she can, and hopefully it won't take the jaws of life to get them
back off her again.