A Pirate, a Princess, a Highlander and … Jane Austen?

My sweetie pie cousin and her honey came for a visit again this weekend, this time so we could all go to the RenFest. While the weather has been pretty nice all week, it rained yesterday. On and off. All day.

Any plans I had to take lots of great pictures at the RenFest were dashed, since I didn’t have much interest in ruining my 30D. We did manage to snap a couple of pictures in the parking lot before heading inside. Gotta love that scenic backdrop! LOL!

My cousin does Civil War re-enactments and alos likes to attend the occasional Renaissance festival, so she’s got an extensive costumer wardrobe. I love her pirate ensemble. You can’t see them but she’s got the coolest boots and fishnets on. Her sweetie bought his kilt and sporan during their vacation in Scotland a couple of years ago. He even grew the beard just for the occasion! (It was Scots & Kilts weekend at the RenFest.)

I asked Miss L if she wanted to be a pirate or a princess for the trip. “I want to be a princess pirate,” she declared. A peasant top (from her Halloween costume), pink tiered skirt, sash and flowered crown later — ta da!

And then there’s me, all decked out in my Regency era finest. I have been wanting to do some Regency sewing for some time (and this most definitely will be the first of many for both me and the little missy), and since many people where all kinds of costumed dress at the RenFest, I figured “why not?” The pattern is by Sense & Sensibility; the fabric is a cotton/linen blend from Joann’s. I love it! It’s very comfortable, although I do wish I’d made the sleeve bands just a teensy bit wider. Also, I have not yet made a set of stays for underneath, so I had to wear a sports bra to get the bodice to fit even close to the proper way. Which meant I spent much of the day fighting to get the straps hidden under the neckline.

This was the first time I’ve ever dressed up to attend the Ren Fest and I think it won’t be my last. It was just such fun and really added to the experience. I’m already thinking ahead to next year and what I can make for the kids to wear. Now if I can just get Honey to agree to wear a kilt …

12 Replies to “A Pirate, a Princess, a Highlander and … Jane Austen?”

  1. Hey!! Even with a little rain, you guys look great! I have never been to a RenFest. Looks like fun. Your dress looks fab! Too bad you don’t live closer, I bought the Sew what skirts and I could use a hands on tutor!!

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  2. Oh, how I miss the Georgia RenFest!!

    I went with a friend in HS once, and a man selling roasted corn on the cob yelled to us, “It’s hot and fresh!” His mate added, “And so’s the corn!”

    Of course, as to HS girls, we just about died with laughter (not to mention our faces were a nice shade of red).

    Good times! You all look fanstastic!

  3. Hee hee, she wanted to be a pirate princess! ๐Ÿ™‚ Too bad it was raining. It would have been nice to see some more pictures.

    And what a weird coincidence that you mentioned Sense & Sensibility. I just found their website yesterday.

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  4. You guys look great! I was going to go to the Ren faire this weekend, but didn’t have time to go ๐Ÿ™ I did however go to the medieval faire last month and had a blast dressing up! I think that no matter what the weather does, one can still have a good time…if in costume ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Great picture. Your little girl always looks so adorable.

    I love the Rennaissance Festivals too. I’ve never dressed for it but my kids have and they really enjoyed it.

    Awesome magic box too. We could all use of of those for sure. What a great gift to receive in the mail.

    Have a great week.

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  6. I’ve been there once with my son’s 6th grade class on a field trip. It was awesome. My favorite was the birds of prey show. Pretty cool. Love your costume, too!

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