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Going to a Renfaire

enormous orange petticoatElizabethan shift on mannequin

Turns out that I am going to a RenFaire in August.  A dear friend of mine has offered me a place to stay in Santa Rosa while I visit La Primera and family. When I told him the dates, he said, “There’s a small RenFaire in San Jose the first weekend in August, we can go!” Harry and I do faire together, he was my assistant director for Heart of the Forest Faire (HOTF), and I was his for Dickens’ Fair.

When Harry says let’s go to a faire, he doesn’t mean buy a ticket and wander around. He means let’s go and participate. The great and honorable guild of St. Swithens’ will be starting it’s come back tour, right now it looks like a trio, but we can build on that.

Remember the Elizabethan smock that I made in January? It’s been joined by a new corset, a skirt, and my Sunday best bodice from HOTF. I just finished a second bright orange skirt. When I tried it on, I realized that it weighs about ten pounds and is way too big. So I am going to either take it apart or just make another one. Right now making another one is looking like the best option. Between the two skirts and everything else my costume is starting to weigh quite a bit.RenFaire costume

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. I love that you are went to a Ren Faire. In Mexico? I’m planning on moving to Valladolid and am curious if there are Renaissance events in the Yucatán.

    • Sorry Gigi, I went to a RenFaire in San Jose, California. As far as I know there aren’t any similar events here in Yucatan. The closest thing I can think of is Hanal Pixan, the Day of the Dead, where people paint their faces and wear either tradition dress or Belle Epoch costumes. It’s an amazing event, which I recommend that you come to Merida for.

      As far as I know there is no SCA here either. I looked for it. So it’s off to California for me if I want to do any living history.

      Keep in touch, we have very similar interests.


  2. In another life, in another time, and another land, I’m sure you were my favorite seamstress and I came to you for every dress that I needed to have made. We became close friends and we had tea together. If that isn’t the reality it should be. Love the dress and have a great time back in the States

  3. teresa freeburn

    haven’t commented in a while-i guess cause you hadn’t posted for some time. that dress looks beautiful. is that the one with the heavy skirt? or is it the orange skirt that’s heavy.

    we’ve been back in the states for a week and a day. it’s great to be back home. it’s so nice to go out and get in my car instead of walking everywhere in the sweltering heat in nagoya.

    our house is getting spiffed up, new wood floors, carpet only in the bedrooms this time. can’t wait to start working with my plants. i’ve already bought quite a few and have them in our hotel room. i will take them home next week before we leave for our vacation to iceland. truthis we’re tired of traveling and don’t feel like going but we made the commitment to steve’s sibs.

    trying vrery had to lose weight before going to the doc for my check-up. hoping and praying that diabetes has not caught up with me.

    take care and have a great time at the renfaire and visiting la familia.

    teresa in lake stevens

    • Hi Teresa.
      It would be hard repatriating, but it sounds like you’re adapting to it just fine.

      The lighter colored orange skirt on the dummy is made out of upholstery fabric too so it isn’t lightweight either. The deeper orange one on the clothesline is the cuprit. It’s made of too much fabric and just is too heavy and big as in too much skirt. One of my friends reminded me that it’s going to be hot in August so another reason to change up.

      I have a lot to do and not much time,so I had better get off the computer and behind my sewing machine!


  4. I SO LOVE this!!

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