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.