Thursday, September 29, 2011

Once More With The Excuses

Dudes.  DUDES.  DUDES, I KNOW.  I am a bad, bad, bad daily style blogger.  Sheesh, I can't even do once a week.  However, let me explain (No, that will take to long.  Let me sum up.) my absence with the following photo blast...

My Posse and I went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival in costume.  As we are wont to do.  However, we didn't go in just any costumes, oh no.  We went in the FANCIEST, BLINGY-EST, MOST ELABORATE COSTUMES IN THE FREAKING WORLD.  Because that is how we roll.

Here is mine.  Warning: it is horribly period inappropriate.  So if that sort of thing bothers you, move on.

It is a fitted comfort gown.  Which is a complete oxymoron, but I do not care.  It's so pretty!  And it makes me look like I weigh 10 lbs!  Unlike historically accurate comfort gowns, which tend to make one look like a house.

I also had a walking cane - or my Tzarina Pimp Stick.  Take a gander - I'm sure you can guess what it really is:

C'mon, you know what it is, right?  Sure you do:

It's part of a curtain rod.  Since it was damaged and missing the other finial, I got it for a mere $3.50.  Here are the deets on the rest of my "garb."

Fur hat - Ragstock, $11.99
Tiara on hat - Party City, then painted and blinged out with glued-on jewels from my stash of such things.
Red overdress with puffed sleeves - Dress pattern by Laura Ulak, sleeve pattern by Margo Anderson, made from red/black shot polyester taffeta from Hobby Lobby and trimmed with black velvet, black frogs and black braid.  BTW?  Sewing on braid?  SUCKS SO BAD.  And hand-sewing on frogs?  SUCKS EVEN WORSE.
Black fur-trimmed sleeves - Pattern by me, and they are removable.  Made from black Asian brocade from JoAnn Fabric and black fur pillow cases, also from JoAnn's.
Black fur collar - Pattern by me, also from the pillowcase.
Black corset cover (you can barely see it) - Pattern by me, Asian brocade
Black underskirt - Pattern by me, Asian brocade.
Jewelry - various thrift/consignment stores.

Here's a close-up of the top:

(Yeah, I know.  I had a random piece of hair sticking out through the entire first photo shoot, and NO ONE TOLD ME.)

Even though this was a bitch-kitty to trim (Laura did all the major sewing), and even though it was amazingly dusty at MNRF, I LOVED wearing this.  When you dress like (Russian) royalty, people treat you like royalty.

Confession - this was supposed to be made out of red Asian brocade fabric, to match my royal character: Imelda, Marquessa de los Zappatos.  But the brocade was an epic failure of epic proportions, so viva la Russia!  Plus it was chilly, and I wanted to wear my fur hat.

And since she made herself one stunning-ass costume, here is my seamstress buddy, Laura:

So much bling and trim and what-have-you went into that costume.  She also modified or made a bunch of other costumes people are wearing.  And as her trusty side-kick, I helped.  Thus the busy, no-posting as of late.

However!  Tomorrow, we resume our regular, non-costume posting.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Alive And Dressing

Yup.  I'm still here.  And still wearing clothes.  Like you do.

See?  Clothes.  Bright ones, at that.  For a girl in love with black, this is quite a departure for me.

In fact, my clothes were so bright, I had to wear shades.  But not a smile, because the day I wore this outfit, I was being KILLED by my allergies.  I have them under control now, but they still suck the life out of me.

My Grumpy Duds:
Sunglasses, some street vendor selling "Prada"
Silver hoops, Tommy Bahama
Silver necklace, Savers Thrift Store
Blue t-shirt, Target (LOVE this style o' tee)
White jeans, Tommy Bahama
Nude shoes, Opitz Outlet

And yes, I wore white after Labor Day.  I am a rebel like that.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

At Least I'm Covered

GAH.  These last few days (weeks?) have been hectic as can be, thanks to the Great MN Get-Together.  Which is also known as our State Fair.  The MN State Fair is more than just your average Joe Schmoe fair.  It is a FAIR of EPIC PROPORTIONS.  And I do my Fox 9 segments out there, thus sucking up copious amounts of time that could otherwise be spent blogging about what I'm wearing.

It's also Ren Fest season in MN, so if I'm not at the Fair, I'm at the Fest.  Or sewing for the Fest.  Or DRIVING TO THE FEST GAHWHYISITSOFARAWAY??????  Ehem.  Moving on.

So here.  Here's what my bestie and I wore last weekend to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  Please bear in mind that I am in no way period appropriate.  And that I in no way give a flying hoo-hah about that.

On Me:
Black straw Elizabethan top hat with red trim, La Paloma Hats from the Bristol Ren Faire 2010
White chemise, sewn by me
Red collared short bodice, patterned and sewn by me
Black flocked (!) pants, Savers and modified by me
Black boots, Payless
Red shot silk scarf, MNRF 2010

On Laura:
The Elenora gown mock-up #2, pattern by Margo Anderson, cut out by Laura and I, sewn by Laura.  White linen fabric with brown and gold pattern.  Trimmed with gold beading and gold piping.
Coif (in the back, you can't really see it), sewn by Laura

And here is our My Space Face photo.  Because... yeah.

I'll post pictures of real clothing soon.  Promise.  Maybe.  We'll see.