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Showing posts with label Woman. Show all posts

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Renaissance Noble Dress Project Part 3: Princess Dress Reveal!

I blogged about designing a new Elizabethan Nobility Dress to perform with Husband at Renaissance Festivals. This project was harder than any other costuming project I’ve done. I like the finished dress for the most part, but I don’t love it as much as I do the costume it replaces. There are a bunch of mistakes, and the bodice fit (among other things) needs tweaking which is why I haven’t shown you the finished project.

But I promised you a DIY renaissance festival princess dress and that you shall have, warts and all.
I started with a sketch after pouring over my favorite Elizabethan costuming books working backwards by buying the fabric first and coming up with a dress design second. I like to work the other way around.


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I started with the overskirt and underskirt (forepart) first. I attempted hand embroidering the brown velvet trim but didn’t liker my test pieces, not to mention  that kind of hand embroidery means an extra year for construction I didn’t have.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mega $200 Pioneer Woman Giveaway!

This spring’s big giveaway to thank you for supporting all we do here on Condo Blues is inspired by my butter dish. I’ve been looking off and on (mostly off) for a cute and fun casual butter dish. I wasn’t having much luck because they were either plastic (no thank you), ceramic plain Jane, or cost more than the bone china butter dish I use when I set a formal table.


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Shortly after I met Ree Drummond at BlogHer, she launched the Pioneer Woman collection of cookware and dishes that look like she picked them up at a country flea market. Her butter dish was just what I was looking for and the price can't be beat. I by passed the big box store and bought my happy polka dot Pioneer Woman butter dish from Amazon.