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!
Hats make you professional!
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.
The spring Renaissance Festival came and went in April, and we got LOTS of compliments on our costumes! As promised, here is a picture of us all in our finery:
And did I mention that Kate and I had matching outfits? We were busy that day! Part of the time was spent handing out prizes from the musketeer's treasury. We were also in charge of reading the story during the Queen's Tea. The kids were enthralled! We read "The Knight and the Dragon" by Tomie DePaola.
My dearest hubs was also busy pulling triple duty as both Hearald for the Court and Executioner later in the afternoon, plus a Prince of dubious origin when the rest of the Royal Court was at the joust. He loved it all! We have found that elusive thing all couples desire: an activity we like doing together for fun.
And, lest I forget! L looked great in her purple gown. So good, in fact, that I'm doing an Anne Boleyn style dress for her this fall out of green silk. More blog posts to come on that for sure!
And you should see LOTS more from me in the future too. In October Kate and I have a bachelorette TEA party to host. I've already made a miniature music box for that. I just need to get the photos uploaded.... In addition Kate is doing our fall Ren Faire dresses, I have a skeleton of a plan of some pirate/steampunk/renaissance inspired costumes to wear to the KC Ren Fest, new skirt material to make over the Italian dresses from several years ago, a Renaissance princess teddy bear to make for some friends who just had a baby, brown pants to make for the hubby's new fall outfit, plus his black and brown doublets to re-line. Instead of making them reversible I'm just lining each with something more lightweight. I'd say that's enough to keep me busy!
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!