Last day the PARF

Due to scheduling conflicts, we spent our last day at the PARF for the 2008 season yesterday.  We had a great time, and I was able to debut another queued piece of garb.  This was an inspired piece in honor of the Pyrate Invasion theme–low rise Venetian breeches.  It’s not like I strive for h/a in any of my garb, and this was no exception.  I don’t do the over-the-top bodices because my “stuffing” will likely do just that, and I don’t have the stones to wear tiny pirate skirts.  I wanted to be comfy and cute, so I was very happy with the result.  You can visit the diary for a construction summary, and my MySpace page has my faire pics from the weekends that we attended.

I was also able to eek out a new wool cloak this week, anticipating a cold faire morning and evening, but it stayed in the car thanks to the early rising temperature.  I’m planning to use the cloak next week, since it can cross class easier than my red velvet cloak (see the Halloween closet).

Next on tap is the MDRF for closing weekend.  I don’t have any Tudor-specific garb, which I could easily remedy in a week, but, with Halloween coming, I don’t want to.  I’ve finally figured out how to sit still and I’d like to work on that for a while.  That feeling might change before the weekend, but we’ll see.   I’ll either wear my upper class Elizabethan or lower class skirt and purchased bodice.  I doubt that the time period police will care (and who cares if they do), but I still feel off about it, so we’ll see.

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A touch here, a touch there

So, I have been able to lighten up on the full speed ahead garb projects, focusing on things small.  In my TV catch-up time, I added the black and gold trim to The Intended’s doublet and the pearls to my gown.  The non-period crocheted socks that I started forever ago are almost done.  They are not pretty, but they match in color at least.  I picked up a pair of knitting needles, since that will add a period style to my garb–hopefully.  However, I have yet to start learning how to knit.  I have also been experimenting with faire favors: I realized that I have more beads than I will ever use in a lifetime, so I started with bead/wire/ribbon monstrosities.  I have a lot to learn about wire working, but it has been a positive learning experience.  Now, I just have to make some faire friends to whom I can distribute the favors.  Remaining on the faire related end of the sewing table is a pair of pirate-inspired pants (low rise Venetian breeches), sleeves for The Intended’s doublet, and a tall hat (that looks like a tall hat this time).  I had planned to make a high necked smock for general use, but there is only one month left to faire, and there are not enough hours in the day.  Since Halloween is approaching, a couple’s costume is on the priority bulletin board.  It should not be as labor intensive as last year, and I plan to have a version of my costume that will be work-friendly.  That way, I will have one costume rather than two or three this year.  I just have to pick up the components and make some adjustments.  I have also decided that a musical talent will help me to develop a faire persona, so I have started researching the recorder and the lute.  Oh, and somewhere amidst my crafty impulses, we are planning a wedding.  What I would not give for a vacation.

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