J. was the first person to introduce me to the phenomena that is the Renaissance Faire. She left the faire circuit a few years ago, but recently decided to come back to it.

In coming back and joining our guild she decided that a whole new costume was needed. She also wanted it to double for both Peasant and Pirate.

We went with a Scottish style bodice pattern by Simplicity, that intentionally does not close all the way at the front. As she likes the more natural colors, we chose a chocolate-brown medium weight linen fabric. The inter-lining is a natural colored cotton duck cloth, and the lining is a similar colored cotton fabric.

The chemise is a natural muslin with cotton drawstring for the neckline and wrists.

The skirt is the same brown linen as the bodice. It is left open at the front and is tacked open for aa nice draping effect.

The pants or bloomers are a red and black mottled quilting fabric also of 100% cotton

In 2005 we decided that our captain was looking a bit un-captain like, a bit lacking in that classic pirate look. As was our first mate. So we set about to surprise them and surprise them we did. We created two full pirate costumes for the unsuspecting pair, wrapped them up in muslin and ribbon wrappings and presented the gifts. Their shock was gratifying, but seeing our captain, Winston Waters, still looking the well dressed pirate is more than thanks enough. This was our first costume collaboration!

 

 

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