I know the sip n' paint phenomenon is nearly out of fashion again, but as of this year's KC Renaissance Festival I had never actually done one. As part of their added activities, the Festival offered a wine and paint afternoon in one of their "restaurants" during a slow time.
I didn't really want to go to the other activities, so why not?
Kate and I were the only ones who signed up. Let's just say the artist and waitress hosting this event got quite tipsy. Even Kate and I were snuck an extra glass of wine. We somehow had a pretty good time anyway and DID NOT get paint on our dresses!
I wouldn't normally paint something like this with a yellow background, but I'd say it turned out pretty good. Needless to say the Festival doesn't offer this event anymore, so I'd like to think we created some one-of-a-kind art!
So Kate has given you a taste of the German dresses we're wearing this fall in this post and this post. They're only delayed by about a year from when we first planned them. Dang life and commitments outside of personal hobbies!
I have been tasked on working on the hats. When we were planning these dresses we planned to wear both a steuchlein and wulsthaube under the hat. The steuchlein and wulsthaube are already done(Great news to my over-committed schedule!) so that just left the hats.
I already had Pinterest inspiration going for me, with both historic drawings and modern day reproductions.
Even better than these pictures for inspiration, I have step-by-step instructions! Hurrah! Here they are for you too - and it's easy enough to get the basic hat done in one night.
The major difference between the above instructions and my attempt at this style of hat is that I would be using polyester, not wool. But, the fabrics will coordinate with the dresses! Without further ado, here is my process for making these hats. (Alternating between each hat in process.)
The ties for the hats could be worn under the chin or around the back with the wulsthaube helping to hold it in place. It really is quite secure - I could turn my head upside down with no movement.
I can't wait to see pictures of everything together!
It's my unproven theory that wearing a coordinating hat to a Renaissance festival immediately tags you as a professional, whether you are or not. I've found that they really do make a historical outfit complete.
In my previous post, I talked about the new skirts on the previously ruined Italian Dresses. Here they are in all their glory!
Yes, this is one photo of each of us. *sigh* You may insert your twin jokes here.
Anyway, you may notice the turban inspired hat. This is historically accurate! I had some of the most decorated parts of the overskirt silk left over, and decided to make matching hats.
The feathers you see in the full length photos near the top of the post were purchased about half way through the day, and they have a brooch pin on the quill end. Prepare to see them on other hats in the future!
The hats were fairly easy to make - I didn't even have a pattern - and the veils were tacked in place the night before. Kate and I seem to have to play our own fairy godmothers when it comes to beautiful gowns. ;)
And you can see in our hats I also sewed a line of beads at the top for decoration.
Here is our little party at the KC Ren Fest earlier this year - I'd say we make a cute trio! And in reference to the title of the post, we got asked for directions a couple of times. Also, there is a "live chess" game and must be a spot-the-character bingo game because we were asked about that as well.
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!