Thursday, 16 June 2011

Back to Medieval Times

Last Saturday was the annual Polo event at my work again. So, as the my first sentence suggests there was a lot of professional Polo going on.
Dress code during the day was smart casual ...

... but as the UK weather is unpredictable I made myself the Short 'n Sweet shrug from Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker Book. As it was quite chilly in the morning, this cardie turned out to be a blessing. Here's a picture of the back and a close-up of the relief shell stitch pattern.

 This year this year's theme for the night was "A Knight's Quest" i.e. medieval:

There was some impressive live jousting going on and obviously fancy dress, finally giving me an opportunity to dress up as a
chatelaine with a pointy hat, a strange thing I always wanted to do for some reason. So once I decided on my dream head gear I had to find an outfit to go with it, which seemed quite a task as I didn't want to spend a fortune and most dresses available to buy seemed rather expensive. After doing some research online, I found these super easy instructions on a German sewing site. So I got myself some cheap crushed velvet and had a go despite the fact that I have no sewing experience. After teaching myself how to wind a bobbin on my dusty sewing machine, I just went ahead and did it. Thanks to the clear step-by-step instructions it was really easy to do. My only regret is that I was a bit over enthusiastic when it came to cutting the fabric as it turned out too short, but I guess that's a lesson learned. As the dress seemed a bit short for the medieval theme I also had to make a long gold underskirt with an elasticated waist. Anyway, it all turned out well and from the extra material (from cutting off too much) I managed to make a matching draw-string handbag and of course my pointy hat. I made the hat by simply sewing some of the crushed velvet straight onto a piece of cardboard (as I didn't have any suitable glue to hand) and then attached an organza veil to it. All in all the outfit cost me less than £15 and I think an experienced sewer could probably easily make it in a night - needless to say it took me a bit longer than that. So after all this talk, here's picture of my medieval chatelaine outfit ...

... and my favourite accessory, the pointy hat with the veil that actually went all the way down to the floor.

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