Next I got out an old shift and threw some simple tube sleeves on it with a gusset. The issue with this is its made to go under an 18th century gown; this caused it to want to try and slip off my shoulders. Super not helpful. Solution? Tie it really tight.
Next!! Sleeves for the kirtle also made from linen. This I purchased. It was on sale. I had the dye in my stash and dyed it twice to get....a rusty red? These are detachable and made from a pattern that I had to make. I used the directions from here. Super easy.
The partelet. Made from flannel and linen that was purchased. Not on sale. But I had a coupon. I chose the flannel for two reasons. Number one wool is stupid expensive. Number two after watching a PETA video about sheep shearing in Australia I'm not buying from just anyone. This I used the directions from here again. But I used my pattern fom the Elegant Ladies Closet to give it the basic shape. The problem I encountered here, it's too long. Eh.Whatever
My coif is a muffin cap. The directions com from a source on the Elizabethan Costuming Page. Super useful resource of someone just getting started in the era. I'll be wearing one of my Michaels straw hats to keep me shaded. I won't say cool because I know I'm just going to be melting all day. Ill also be wearing a petticoat and my "boots" I made for civil war era. I'm not ready to shell out a ton of cash for period shoes yet.
You may be wondering why I'm doing all this. I've been asking myself this as I sew frantically during nap time that's only 30 minutes long. My husband, son and myself will be going to Big Bear for the Ren Faire. I'm excited to be getting to head to a period event. I didn't even want to go without a costume.
The faire was a little small and it rained. Bonus for me because I think Id have been really hot. Bad thing on the second day it got rained out and I couldn't get my money back for the weekend passes my hubs bought. The outfit wore pretty well. I split the seams on the sleeves because i whip sticked them. Other than that it was fun!