This past weekend, we opened up our newly added shoppe doors for this year’s Sherwood Forest Faire season! It was a rainy opening weekend with a chill in the air, perfect for garbing up and having a great time. We have seven more weekends ahead of us, come out and enjoy the festival!
Back when I was going to school at Amarillo College (2004-2006 range), my Mom and I learned about a little Celtic festival in Amarillo. It didn’t have a lot at the festival, but we found a clan represented there that included last names of our extended family. I bought my first tartan accessory there, a sash in Thompson red. With my family’s general fascination with our heritage, I wanted to have an outfit that reflected some it, and well, I’ve never really liked the look of the other clan tartans we can identify with. So while I found patterns that were inspiration for my Celtic garb, every time I tried to find the Thompson tartan I wanted it was far more than I could afford.
Every now and again I’d search for sources and always come up with the answer that it wasn’t going to happen. But just a couple of weeks ago I searched again, and found an ebay listing for a handmade woman’s kilt in that tartan that was a little small for me, but I had never seen a ready-made women’s kilt in the Thompson tartan. The seller didn’t specify the clan tartan and didn’t know much about it, so I got an amazing deal. I always shy away from altering ready made pieces because I feel like I’ll be wasting a perfectly good thing if I screw it up. I was nervous about taking apart something I considered to be quite precious and putting it back together the way I wanted it. I got it, cleaned it carefully, and last night I reworked it into what I’d wanted for the last decade.
Before altering, the kilt was sized a little small for me and definitely would not be comfortable under a corset like I plan to wear it. After giving it a careful cleaning (soaking in the bathtub with no agitation, rinsing it with the shower-head, and allowing it to drip dry overnight), I started by taking off the buckles, removed its straps, and took the front panels out of the waistband. I didn’t need to pull the whole thing out from the waistband, since I just needed the fronts to be pleated down. The pleats are just about an inch wide, and opened up the front enough to let my linen skirt show underneath. After the buckles were removed, I needed to add on a closure. Thankfully I had one pair of hook and eye pieces left from some of the first Renaissance skirts I’d made. The waistband extends and overlaps the front and now stays on by the hook-and-eye clasp.
I’m excited to wear my new kilt/overskirt to this year’s Sherwood Forest Celtic Gathering outside of Austin, Texas! The gathering will be happening this coming Saturday, September 10.
I went on a sewing spree for the past few months trying to get these skirts ready for this season of Sherwood Forest Faire! I started the season out with most of the skirts I wanted, save for all the potential colors of Linen Renaissance Long Skirts. Last week, we got a small photoshoot in of most of the new linen skirts! This week, I’m getting them up into the Etsy shop for made to order skirts, and will have them ready to ship once Sherwood wraps up for the year at the end of the month.
Also, I’ve been getting my vendor applications in for events this year, and I’m happy to say I’ll be at this year’s Austin Mini Maker Faire again and at Ama-Con 2014! I’m still looking into other events, and I’ll update the Vending and Events page with as I get my year planned out.
Sherwood Forest Faire will begin in just a few weeks! We’ll be open weekends from February 8 through March 30.
I’ve been hard at work making a lot of new skirts for Sherwood! On the list is Pintuck Taffeta skirts in black and green; Linen Renaissance Skirts in black, red, green, and natural; and Linen Pixie Skirts in black, natural, red, blue, green, purple, orange, and teal. I’ll even have a few one of a kind Pixie Skirts that are test items. If there’s interest in them, more will be made! I’m also looking to have a few petticoats available this season, but I’m trying not to plan more than I can actually do either. Will there be pictures of any of these before Sherwood begins? Maybe!
Another year has gone by, and we’re in full swing for this year’s Sherwood Forest Faire season. Our shoppe number has changed, but our location has not! Iris Adornments and Apothecary is now Shoppe 120, still between the Greenwoode Theatre and the Seven Sisters Stone Circle.
The new Men’s Short Capes will be showing up at the Faire in several different color combinations! Those that aren’t snatched away will make their way online afterwards. New skirts, new Hair Jewels, and hopefully some Tattered Cuffs will be showing up at faire as well!
Steph and I spent the past weekend getting our final cleanup of the shoppe done, and we can’t wait for opening day on Saturday!
This is the best chance to see, touch, and try on my pieces before Hallowe’en and Texas Renaissance Festival. After Celtic Fest, they’ll be back online ready to ship to you! Well, what doesn’t sell anyway!
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