Jenny La Fleur
Ren Faire 2005 - Jenny La Fleur
adventures in costuming
Ren Faire 2005

We made it to the Faire, despite it all!! But to begin, Bridget’s plan “B”… We decided to make “Bridget the Middling Sort Pirate” which means on Twelfth Night she will be “Bridget the Successful Pirate”. I guess some plundering and looting must be on her calendar between now and then. *grin* My contribution was a ruffley pirate shirt made of black silk.

I ended up using two different patterns for it. Simplicity 8613 was really what I wanted – I particularly loved the way the ruffle was done – but the pattern is now out of print and I didn’t have the right size. Rather than trying to alter the pattern I used Butterick 4486 as my base, adding the Simplicity center front seam and ruffle. In the end I redesigned the sleeves as well, adding some ribbon and creating a drawstring closure to avoid more handwork. The front ruffle was actually cut in a spiral, very cool. I’ll have to use that again someday!

I also ended up making the shirt in 2 days, most of the work being done between 4pm and 4am the day before. Or night of if you want to be technical. I did have some hysterics when things weren’t going well around 1am but will some deep breaths, prayer, determination, petting Mocha (the cat who kept me company all night) and B’s assistance I finished it in time for a nice nap before the Faire. *whew* B added some scarves, the eye patch, lots of eclectic jewelry, just about every ring she owns and voila – a middling pirate! :>

I’m posting all the pics here this year because I’m not sure when I’ll have time to post them to my site. The Faire was fun, in a crazed, bizarre sort of way. Due to various circumstances B and I were the only ones who went. We had fun together (we always do) but it was very strange to be there without our Faire buddies, elegant_musings and her sis. We decided we won’t go without them again, it was just wrong without their lively company. In fact we called them from the Faire and we all chatted on my cell phone for a half hour (hence the pic of me with the phone :>).

To add to the crazed atmosphere it rained most of the day. Well it only really rained when we first got there. The rest of of the day it just misted, first a heavy mist and then a light mist. It even cleared up and warmed up at one point. Not too bad really, if very muddy. Okay, make that extremely muddy. :> I decided not to wear the Rohan after all. I try not to be too precious about my costumes (I did make them to be worn) but rain and velvet is not a good mix. So I wore my purple Italian Ren instead. I figured a wool frock was my best bet and it proved to be a good choice. With the help of my wool shawl I didn’t get too wet or too cold during the day and I enjoyed wearing the gown once again, even if it was a bit big. :>

So to sum up our trip to the faire:
Last minute costumes, no friends, rain, lots of mud, cold, tons of horrific costumes to be snarked at (what were some people thinking!), no electricity at one point, hems four inches deep in mud, very little sleep and we had a lovely time. It all proves we are insane and have a sick sense of enjoyment really. *nods head*

So on to planning next year’s excursion! I think I’ve already decided what to wear. That will probably change of course… it usually does before the end. *hee hee*

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lacomtesse From: lacomtesse Date: October 23rd, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (link)
You guys look SO good (as does Mocha :D )! I love B's costume, especially the cloak. It's great to hear you had a blast, because no matter how great or poorly costumes turn out, having fun is always the bottom line. Bummer about the rain--but at least it wasn't super hot. Thanks for sharing these great pics!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks! Yeah I love the cloak too - it's Mom's English policeman's cape. B won the toss to wear it that day. :> It definitely wasen't too hot! :>

The funny thing about Moe is that she was fast alseep in that pic. :> What a goofball! :>
pinkdiamond From: pinkdiamond Date: October 24th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC) (link)
The purple was an excellent choice:) It is a really very lovely gown indeed:)

What are those things that I assume are to eat? They look vaguely like croquettes.. mmm... kippen croketten... i remember buying them in Nijmegen as a kid... so yummy. They were in little drawers that you'd put money ito and the door would open... like vending machines but much cooler.

But being a vege now it means I can only remember them fondly... or maybe I could make some with some fake cheese...

Sorry I got sidetracked;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC) (link)
Thank you!

Oh yes I forgot to mention the nibbles didn't I? They are actually fried sweet potato sticks with a spicy dipping sauce. So-o-o good and a traditional part of our Faire excursion. That and the chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick. Yummy! :>
From: emmacarradine Date: October 24th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC) (link)
I am sorry that Miss C and her sister couldn't go with you. It does feel strange for friends not to be around when you're used to having them there.

Your gown is beautiful (I love the purple color!) and you look really great in it! :)

I am very sorry for how late I am in wishing you this, but Happy (Very Belated) Birthday, Jenny! :) (I'll gladly make you a birthday icon if you would like one.)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC) (link)
Thanks so much! Yeah, it was just wrong to be at the Faire without them!

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. You are a doll - I'd love a birthday icon... or maybe a birthday banner for my LJ? I have a pic I love but can't figure out a good banner from it. An icon would be fabulous though if you want to do that of course - you never know if you don't ask right? :>
emmacarradine From: emmacarradine Date: October 24th, 2005 07:07 am (UTC) (link)
I can try to make the banner! :) Sometimes I can get them to work, and sometimes I can't, but I will gladly attempt it. :) Just let me know what picture(s) you want, and the size and colors. :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC) (link)
Wonderful! I just send you an e-mail with the pic and particulars - let me know if you have any problems with it!
From: emmacarradine Date: October 29th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Is there any particular text you would like on it, dear? I forgot to ask you that, I think.
padawansguide From: padawansguide Date: October 24th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC) (link)
Your costumes look great! I'm really sorry to have missed going with you - the rain and cold scared me away! You are much braver than I! Glad you had fun anyway!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC) (link)
Wimp! *hahaha* I don't blame you though. When we first got there and it was really raining I wondered what in the heck we had been thinking! Still I discovered if one must slog through the mud and rain all day it is more fun in a long wool costume. I may never get my hem or boots clean again of course... *grin*
jennil From: jennil Date: October 24th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC) (link)
Fun! Now I'm sorry I didn't go to faire this year. I'm such a baby, not willing to brave the cold and rain. ;P

Yay for kitty cuteness too! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC) (link)
Wimp! *hee hee* No, I must admit if it had really rained all day (instead of the light rain/mist thing) we probally would have left earlier than we did. Or perhaps broken down and gotten a glass of wine. :>
sarahlizzi From: sarahlizzi Date: October 24th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC) (link)
you know you're a crazy costumer if you're already planning *next* year's costume on your way home from this year's faire. ;)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC) (link)
Definitely! Of course I was planning my costume while we were still there, how pathtic is that! *rolls eyes*
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: October 24th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC) (link)
Yay for Pirates!!!! I think your sister's costume turned out rather well even if it was plan B. ;)
And I just have to say that kitty = cuteness!
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 24th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC) (link)
Yeah it did turn out pretty cute. But then again B is pretty cute so it's hard for her to avoid it. :>

Yeah Mocha is a cutie. It's the only reason to keep her around really, the little stink! :>
elegant_musings From: elegant_musings Date: October 25th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC) (link)
*sniffle* I so wish we had been able to come!!!! Even with the bad weather it looks like much more fun than I had Saturday! *grin*

B.'s pirate shirt looks great--super job for doing it the day before!! :D *sigh* Looking at these is so making me want to sew right now...

Thanks for sharing the pics! :)
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 25th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC) (link)
Yes well, even cleaning a bathroom is fun compared to homework in my opinion. :> Thanks! I love how it's hard to go wrong with silk. *squee* Silk is my friend!
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