One of my family's favorite events is the Renaissance Festival. We've been to many of them over the years and make a point to attend the one in our state at least once per year. I realize that "ren faires" are very romanticized reenactments of history and involve a hodge-podge of time periods from medieval to true Renaissance times. But there's something so fun about stepping out of the real world for a day to see acrobats, actors, and swordfighting while browsing the numerous vendors.
My husband and I talked for years about dressing in costume before we actually did so. At first we bought our clothing as I hadn't started sewing. But when I took up needle and thread a few years ago I made outfits for myself and our children. My husband's clothing was still in good shape and looked good so he continued wearing it. Last year I looked at our family and realized that he was the only one not wearing clothing I had made.
Well, I couldn't have that!
This year I decided to make sure that everyone was wearing my creations. We also have realized that we prefer comfort over incredible looks when spending a day walking around a faire. After some thought we decided that gypsies would be fun as well as comfortable.
Being a costumer is more than just doing the actual sewing. I consider styles, patterns, fabric, print, colors, and just about everything else. Since I was creating all of this from scratch I looked into the stereotypical gypsy designs, especially the kind you see at ren faires. Here are the looks I came up with.
I have to say that this was the single most comfortable outfit I've ever worn to a ren faire! And if I do say so myself, it all turned out very nicely.
After so many costume commissions, it was nice to just have fun and make something for myself.