The Lady Adventurer

Costuming shenanigans

Blackwork Chemise

| July 26, 2009

Ah, chemises!  I have worn many different chemises: Then, I made a wedding outfit for a friend, and it included, as an attempt to look more “upperclass”, a square necked chemise.  I really liked the look, and since new chemises are a constant in life, I decided that my next one would be a square [...]

Elizabethan Pair of Bodies

| July 26, 2009

My corded corset is based on the effigy pattern in Tudor Tailor and Patterns of Fashion. Like the original from Queen Elizabeth’s effigy, mine spiral laces up the front, has shaped back seams, and triangular straps.  I did shorten the front point, so it wouldn’t stab me if I sat. It’s made of two layers [...]

Hairstyle and Headscarf

| July 26, 2009

This is one of the most comfortable ways to wear my hair at faire that I have come across.  It’s period and it stays on all day while I’m dancing.  I learned this technique from the Tudor Tailor.  Here’s my version: Materials necessary: – Hair long enough to put into pigtail braids – Two strips [...]

Loose Gown

| July 25, 2009

One of my favorite pieces is this loose gown, made as an extra layer for colder faires and events.  Unfortunately, anyone who does faire in California will realize that “colder faire” is almost completely oxymoronic, so I rarely wear it.   But I still like it! My loose gown is made of a woven wool, [...]

Wedding Wear

| July 25, 2009

Many moons ago, some friends of ours decided to get married at SF Faire (Fog Faire).  They had originally asked someone else to make their outfits for their wedding, but for reasons still unclear, it fell through, and Kevin and I were asked to sew for this wedding.  Now, because we were understudies, we had [...]

Blue Linen Dress

| July 25, 2009

A retrospective diary of my blue linen dress This is the second dress I made, slightly after the brown wool gown, and about the time that I realized that most faires are not good places for dancing in wool gowns, no matter how cool they look.  The dress is made using the same bodice pattern [...]

Mary’s Spanish Gown

| July 25, 2009

This dress was created by Kevin and I for our friend Mary, so she would have something to wear at her White Scarf ceremony.  It’s a pretty big deal in the fencing community, and Mary had certainly earned it, so we were excited for her.  Problem is, they wanted to give it to her before [...]

Kitten’s Dresses

| July 25, 2009

Some friends of mine had a baby daughter recently (ok, well maybe not recently anymore).  How can I resist adorable children?  So I made Kitten a dress to wear at faire, and then another because, as babies do, she grew. These are the only pictures I can find of Kitten in her very first Faire [...]

Brown Wool Gown Diary

| July 25, 2009

A retrospective diary of the Brown Wool Dress This dress was the first kirtle I made after making my corset.  I wanted something that would dance well, and look more period than the bodice and skirts combination that I had previously sported.  The outfit is built from the corset out, and I ususally wear it [...]

New Adventures

| July 24, 2009

Welcome to the Lady Adventurer, designed to record my sewing efforts.  I mostly costume for the Renaissance and Victorian periods, but occasionally something different comes down the pike.  So why costume?  Well, several years ago I joined the Renaissance dance troupe, the Merrie Pryanksters.  They danced at faire, and if I was going to dance [...]