I love spats. I really do. As defined by Merriam-Webster, spats are a “a cloth or leather gaiter covering the instep and ankle”. Also called spatterdashers, these have been coming back in popularity as of late, which makes me immensely happy. So you can imagine how utterly thrilled I was to discover a pattern for…… Continue reading Gotta love spats
As you have probably gathered by now, I am not one for doing anything the easy way. I have this need to get something “just right” and often that requires a lot of creative license. For this year’s Edwardian Ball, I wanted to create an outfit that was reminiscent of the outfits worn at the…… Continue reading The Tweed Huntress Corset
I’m not one for a store-bought costume. I never have been. I find them cheap and tawdry—even the children’s ones, and they seem to be getting worse each year. Over the last few years, I’ve been making all of our Halloween costumes, pirate festival costumes and Renaissance faire costumes instead of buying pre-made ones. It’s…… Continue reading I’ve been spoiling my children.
The first year we attended the Northern California Renaissance Faire we had just relocated from Boston to the Bay Area. Most of my sewing things were still in storage and I found myself scrambling to put something together for my daughter. I hit up our local thrift shop and found a thin ivory cotton lady’s…… Continue reading Upcycling Renaissance