|How I hate that bodice... >_>|
This year, I finally put all my research into action. The first garment I made was a skirt. I thought this would be a simple way to get back into sewing. I wanted something with a lot of fullness, not a lot of bulk at the waist, and more forgiving for weight fluctuations than a waistband and zipper. This lead me to the idea of a circle skirt. However, most fabrics sold in stores are not wide enough for an ankle length circle skirt. Many google searches later, I found the website for Country Garden Dancers. My understanding is that they go around Renaissance Faires and perform dances. The greatest part was they have a whole page discussing appropriate faire wear. They suggest fabrics, colors, required outfit elements, and a pattern for a gored circle skirt. Just what I wanted!
I drafted the pattern following their instructions. Instead of a waistband, I used double fold wide bias tape to create an elastic casing. (I'm really not in it for historical accuracy XD) I also used their suggested fabric of a Linen/Rayon blend called Linen Look. The skirt took almost an entire 5 yards of 54" wide fabric! Which, thankfully, I got on sale for 60% off. I only had a small pile of scraps left. The result was a very full and very HEAVY skirt. I honestly didn't expect it to be so heavy! The elastic is no match for this skirt and it falls down within seconds. Therefore, I added a drawstring to keep it in place. The skirt drapes really well and the linen in much more appropriate for the period. I hope it breathes well as my Ren Faire is typically quite warm.
My only complaints are how heavy it is and I wish I had made it a smidge shorter to just above my ankle. I feel it's a little on the long side for dusty Faire roads.
The bodice is coming along and should be finished next week or the week after. What do you all think? Do any of you go to local Renaissance Festivals? Do you dress up?