Bavarian Princess

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After about two months of personal anticipation, I finally went to the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY wearing the costume I made!

Being the history nerd that I am, I couldn’t just be -generic Renaissance citizen- The original idea was to be a sort of barmaid, since I wanted a vest, but the gold over skirt and silky ribbon on the flower crown to me said “minor Bavarian princess,” just like Catherine II 😉

We’ll just ignore the wild inaccuracy of a German princess hanging out with a Scottish warrior.

Kilt Man and the Princess

I used Simplicity 3809, but mainly just for the vest and shirt. I had my own ideas for the skirt, that ended up taking half the amount of fabric called for, with just as much volume. I actually had a crinoline to go underneath, but it ended up being too uncomfortable because I got a tattoo on my leg the day before.

First, I made two skirts the same size as each other. I sewed the seams together on one side, and left them free on the other so I could get that sweeping motion. I basted vertically in 8″ intervals so I could play with the drape, and ended up sewing over only 4 of them.

My favorite technique!
My favorite technique!

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the color scheme. I know it’s not quite autumn yet, I was certainly dreaming about cooler months in this ensemble. My sister made the flower crown, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I also made the pouch out of scraps from the vest with a braided strap. I had no idea that pouches were such a Renn Faire thing but, well, happy coincidence!

Now, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween… and my sister’s comicon centaur costume. That’ll be something, alright.

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