Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ren Faire Costume - The Whole Shebang

I am officially done. I knocked out the hat in the afternoon and Reko came over after dinner as previously planned. Everything fit perfectly, no alterations required. The only adjustment was to make a pleat at the bottom of each doublet sleeve and add a button on top of the pleat, so the hem area would fit his wrists tighter and keep the shirt sleeve lace peeking out. That was not the most elegant fix, but it worked and looks OK, and there was really no way to take in the wrist without taking apart the whole sleeve.

Yes, this is his actual facial hair. Don't you just love that curly mustache?


The hat was super-fast to cut and sew. Now that I see it with the rest of the costume, I'm OK with using the brocade for it. I also like the black lining showing. It balances the black in the slops (breeches). Reko is wearing my collar pin. It's got black and red stones and coordinates perfectly. He also has a big gold cross he'll be wearing, plus a leather belt to hold  his flask and sword. The only thing still MIA is a feather for his hat. Reko will shop for that himself.


Reko got a big laugh out of the codpiece and has now tasked himself with coming up with witty replies for the comments he's sure to hear. The little eyelets were not working as anchor tie-ons, so I went for the big guns and used some grommets I had on hand for the bottom. The bottom of the codpiece hides them. For the top anchors, I sewed two more buttons onto the waistband on either side of the fly and fashioned "buttonholes" out of the leather ties with creative knots. I've now lost count of how many buttons I've sewed on for this costume. I think I'm close to or over 30.


Reko bought the perfect shoes from Etsy. They're hard to see here, but they are handmade black pleather pull-on booties and have a definite Olde World vibe.


He's wearing black tights. I had to give him a quick "How to Put On Pantyhose" lesson, which was hilarious.



I will take outside pics whenever we get to the actual Ren Faire. I'm looking forward to seeing him in character. BTW, his character is named Don Sancho Christo Perico De La Vincente De 5th, and he will speak with a Spanish accent. I can't wait!

58 comments:

  1. Pam from South Australia12:53 AM, February 17, 2011

    Ooh Debbie. Job well done. The whole look is fantastic. You may not want to go into the business of making costumes, but the process must surely be an interesting break from the norm? Congratulations you.

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  2. AWESOME!!! you did an amazing job - he will defintely be the best dressed at the faire! :)

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  3. That costume is amazing. Reko looks terrific in it, and his moustache is perfect.

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  4. Amazing - a job well done:) He looks amazing. Have a great time at the faire! Take more pictures of the fun.

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  5. Amazing job, Debbie. He looks perfect for the part.

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  6. Wonderful!!! I just love how it turned out. Thanks so much for sharing everything. I know you're glad it's finished, but I'm going to miss the posts on this costume!!!

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  7. Terrific job. Reko and that costume were definitely made for each other...in more ways than one.

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  8. Fan-tab-u-lous!
    The outfit is great & he looks as pleased as punch to be in it - werll done!

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  9. Such an extraordinary outfit! He looks amazing! I've enjoyed the posts on this costume coming together.

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  10. Wonderful!! Doesn't Reko have the perfect look for that era, too.

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  11. The costume came out terrific! Anchoring a codpiece - hmm, now that is a sewing challenge.

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  12. Awesome! He will be the best-dressed there!

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  13. It looked amazing just hanging but on him is so fantastic.

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  14. What an excellent costume! You've outdone yourself for sure! He looks great!

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  15. I suggest adding "Don Sancho Christo Perico De La Enorme Pistola" to the name. Great job!

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  16. This is quite amazing! I'm sure the costume will garner many 'ooohs" and "aaahhhs". Reko wears it well and looks the part.

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  17. Absolutely fabulous!!! You know people are gonna ask him where he got his costume???!!

    chloeE

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  18. Wow, fantastic job! You make me want to sew costumes...

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  19. Agreed: Fabulous and fantastic! I adore and envy you and your skills and perseverance.

    Toni

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  20. Wonderful! Reko really looks the part, thanks to you. You were very sweet to go to all this work for him.

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  21. Debbie, this is just fantastic!

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  22. OH. MY. GOSH! This is utterly and completely MAGNIFICENT!!!! Going to show this to everyone I know. How thrilled he must be. He's going to PWN at Ren Faire!

    Huzzah to The Lady Cook!!

    SherryV

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  23. I am breathless...that costume is awesome and what a handsome guy.....
    I am sure when all the people at the fair will be call you for their costume for next year......

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  24. A big round of applause. What an amazing effort. The whole costume looks marvelous!

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  25. Wow! This is great! You did a wonderful job.

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  26. Fantastic! The fabrics are just perfect.

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  27. It's really fabulous! A bit different from your usual sewing to say the least! He is a lucky man to know you, certainly.

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  28. Wow! What a guy and what a seamstress! Don Sancho...looks terrific. You must be proud.

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  29. unbelievable mad skills !!

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  30. This was so fun to see come together. You did a great job and he looks awesome.

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  31. OMG, this is awesome! I can't wait to see more pictures!

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  32. I think watching this oufit come together is more fun than attending a Ren Fair. Reko looks wonderful and I think he will wow the attendees!

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  33. That is one amazing outfit....and it doesn't hurt that Reko looks incredibley hot in it....(yes, I am a dirty old lady and proud of it!)

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  34. Great job! He looks fantastic!

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  35. Oh Lordy, how fantastic. Looks so "real" You must be very happy with the outcome!

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  36. what a fantastic job you did! Congratulations.

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  37. Stunning! Amazing. Elegant. Well modeled. Thank you for sharing.

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  38. Debbie!! This looks AMAZING!! You did such a great job and should be so proud of yourself. He is lucky that you were willing to put yourself through the ringer to make this up for him - such a great final look. :)

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  39. That costume came out perfect. It'll be fun to see the pictures at the Ren Faire!

    Way back when, my dearly beloved wore his moustache longer, and he could curl his, too; It looks really funny on a redhead.

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  40. I have been following along as you have sewn this costume. Congratulations! It's gorgeous.

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  41. This is absolutely amazing! I've been reading along and you've done an awesome job! He must be so thrilled...and are you ready to make another one because once others get a look at this I can see the requests come flying in!

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  42. You did an incredible job on this costume. AWESOME! Well done.

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  43. Whoa! Good thing he got you! Don Sancho is going to break hearts this summer.

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  45. fabulous, debbie, just fabulous! does reko travel? tell him to come up my way for the bristol ren faire this summer. ;)

    i am so stoked for the warrior dash this fall, and i would never have known about it if it wasn't for the two of you.

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  46. The garment is just perfect!
    I wish I could make things like this:-)
    Good luck for your next projects

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  47. I was looking for doublets online and saw your blog, when I scrolled to the bottom I looked at the final product picture, and said hey thats Riko. I have seen this outfit in person and it is stunning. My wife has plenty of good pictures of it too.

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  48. I am so in love with this costume! LOVE!

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  49. Thanks so much for the step by step tutorial you have made for this outfit! I am hoping to make a similar outfit for a college project and this is so useful!! It looks amazing too, if I can create anything close to this then I'll be happy! X

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