A brand new start…

…with a brand new name.

Welcome to…

Logo with compassI decided to change the name at the end of last year, after stumbling across a blog with a similar name with teaching/school content. It was a little used blog but it still made me uncomfortable. I did a lot of research before choosing the original name to ensure that I wouldn’t be copying any aspect of an existing blog. It’s possible that the blog didn’t show up in my original searches because it hadn’t been used in so long.  Anyway, it made me uncomfortable and I wasn’t super excited about the name either. So after a couple of weeks, a few of what must have been seriously annoying conversations with family and friends, and many pages of scribbles, I finally landed on a name. I did a lot of research and found nothing with the same title, no blogs and no websites.  Yay!

I immediately loved the idea of using More Like Guidelines.  There are several reasons that it appealed to me so much, first is probably the most obvious, the Pirates of the Caribbean movie was so good and the quote “The Code is more like guidelines rather than actual rules” was just too funny and perfect.  For me personally, using More Like Guidelines was really fitting, because I seem to lack the ability to follow a pattern or instructions* to the letter.  I am constantly modifying and tweaking different aspects of a project to make it fit what I want.  So, to me patterns and instructions are really more like guidelines.

It’s been a while since I posted and I’ve been busy with several projects so I’ve got more than enough ideas to share.  For now, I’ll leave you with the Pirate hat that I created for Scarlet. I’ll be talking about this soon in future Costume Corner posts.

Red Pirate hat

Halloween 2013

*When I say instructions here I mean creative/arts & crafts instructions.  When it comes to tools, machinery, etc., I follow instructions to the letter.  Safety always comes first.

Costume Corner – Renaissance Wedding, Part 4

Welcome to the fourth and final post on my Renaissance wedding.  Today, I am talking about what the groom, groomsmen, guests and the minister were wearing.

Groom

McCalls 2802

McCalls #2802

Cap’s mom made his tunic from McCalls pattern #2802.  It’s the style shown in blue and white in the picture on the right.  Let’s talk about that picture though,  kind of  ridiculous, right?   I mean, what is with that hat?  I’ve never seen any Renaissance costume with a hat like that.  Obviously, we skipped the hat but we also skipped the jaunty vest that they refer to as a surcoat.

CC RW 4aCap’s tunic is was made from blue velvet.  If you’ve never worked with velvet, it can be really difficult.  When sewing you have to pin the velvet every inch or so because it slides like crazy.  It sews pretty well once you have it pinned down, you just want to make sure that it’s all lined up.  There’s nothing worse than finishing a long seam only to find that there’s a puckered spot midway through the section.  Velvet is really heavy as well, so the seams need to be strong.

GroomsmenCC RW 4b

The tunics the groomsmen wore were also from McCalls #2802, in a black velveteen.  Cap’s mom sewed those as well, the shirts were made from white broadcloth from the same pattern.  We cheated with the pants and just bought leggings since they would be tucked into the lace up boots.  I matched the cording for each groomsmen and bridesmaid pairing, only because I am kind of dorky like that.   The guys said that the tunic and pants were very comfortable.

Family

I made my father the same tunic, shirt and pants as the groomsmen.  Originally, I wanted to make him something a bit more fun and interesting but since Cap’s father was his best man I didn’t want to do anything offset the balance there.  It was a good decision because he looked great with my mom in her black velvet dress.

 

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Butterick 5656
Butterick #5656

 

My brother and my nephew used Butterick pattern #5656. They looked great in their tunics and capes.

Here is a pic of the flagbearers, my brother’s oldest, my niece and nephew.  So happy that they could be there and part of the wedding.

 

Minister

We found a great minister, he was a friend of a friend and he was awesome.  He was happy to work with us and wasCC RW 4d quite accomodating with our less than traditional wedding.  When we talked about the wedding and what he would wear I offered to make him a costume.  He was very pleased.  I honestly can’t remember if I made him the cassock type robe underneath or if that was his already.  I did so much sewing during those six months and especially in the last month that I just don’t remember.   If I did, the robe would have been made out of white muslin and just made to slip over his head.

 

Princess bride priest1

I modeled his robe off the of the bishop’s robe in The Princess Bride.  It was much simpler and less ornate but I was really pleased with how it turned out.   I used a rectangular piece of fabric, I believe I used party taffeta, mostly because it has a stiffness to it without being very heavy.  In the front I added a panel connecting the two edges, I embellished it with gold fabric and trim. CC RW 4e I appliqued a large stylized Celtic cross to the back.   The back of the robe was long enough to trail behind him a foot or two.  There is a picture somewhere of him walking away with his robe flowing out behind him but I’ve looked through our photos about five times trying to find it but it is nowhere to be found.  I’ll update this post though it if shows up.

 

 

All in all, the wedding was a lot of work but it was so much fun and I love that instead of spending money on renting tuxes and horrid bridesmaid dresses that would never be worn again, I provided a costume that they could wear whenever they wanted.  It was definitely worth the work and since I did so much creatively; sewing, bouquets, vows,  the wedding really was uniquely mine.

I will leave you with my absolute favorite pic from the wedding.  We had just signed the marriage certificate and we had a moment to ourselves before pictures started.

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Next week, I’ll be talking about costumes for kids.

Costume Corner will be cross-posted at Cap’s blog, The Geek Registry.