Here are some shots of my creation. Husband is such a doll, he took almost 60 photos just so I could be assured of a few good ones. Husband is a good guy, and a wonderful husband.
We just got back from a road trip but before I start on that I want to finish this.
Here is the matching necklace and bracelet, I also made the earrings which I am wearing. My scarf ended up tied to the purse since it was too warm to wear it.
Making this ensemble was a big learning experience for me. My orientation is costume design. I am fascinated by historical dress and I love to learn how things were done. I ended up doing improvisation because I fell in love with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Back in the early 70s my drama teacher gave us extra credit if we attended the Faire, my boyfriend and I went in costume. I was hooked. Years later when I returned to California, one of the first places we went to was Blackpoint for Faire. I even made costumes and entered us in a costume contest, and amazingly to me, one of my daughters won a prize for her peasant costume! To make a long story short, I eventually auditioned and became a member of St Swithin’s. I was a monger, two of my kids were mongers and my oldest daughter became a washerwoman.
Because I did RenFaire, I also ended up doing Goldrush California! and A Christmas Fair in the Time of Charles Dickens. All of which required new costumes all around. I learned to make jewelry because I couldn’t find what I wanted at a price I could afford. Then I started to make jewelry because I liked doing it.
I belonged to the Greater Bay Area Costumer’s Guild for a short while, I stopped due to lack of funds but I did attend some costume events including a Costume Con and Costume College.
So when this hat contest came about, it just never occurred to me to just make a hat.
What I didn’t realize is that I put the same sort of energy into this ensemble that I would have put into a costume for a historical re-enactment. When I was at the pre-show cocktail party, I was pretty jazzed at my creation. I got all sorts of compliments, then I started feeling self conscience. People were amazed that I altered a pattern, that I had decorated the fabric with embroidery,and I stopped explaining that I had originally made the beaded trim for a lampshade. I didn’t mention to anyone that I had made the earrings,necklace, handbag and bracelet. I started to feel a little freakish. In my mind this was a costume event, so I was getting all the details right, from the hat to the shoes, getting the nail tips was no different than having the correct period corset.
I am really happy with how my ensemble turned out, but I also found out that I am a costumer who doesn’t have any place to costume for. No costume events and no fellow costumers. No one to ask “How did you do that trim?” Or” do you think that colour is period?” I miss being able to show someone the beaded beads that I did for my necklace and have them understand what I am talking about. It’s lonely being a costume junkie with no where to go for a fix.