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Burgundy and Gold Wench 4 by MistressKristin Burgundy and Gold Wench 4 by MistressKristin
Finally, after two years, this outfit is complete! The bodice was made two years ago! The chemise, bloomers, and underskirt one year ago! And the underskirt was finished this year! LOL! With the exception of some kind of hat or head piece which I have yet to decide on for this since it's not a scottish outfit, this wench garb is finally complete and made it's first trip to faire last weekend at the Mayfaire Renaissance Festival. I'm extremely happy with how this one turned out! Only problem I've found with it so far is that I've lost a bit of weight since the bodice was made, so the bodice it a touch looser than I would like it to be. And I hemmed the underskirt a bit too long to wear with my english riding boots without tripping over it constantly! But thankfully the boots I bought to go with my eventual can can dress have enough of a heel that they worked very well to take up the extra length. And I like the brown boots with this outfit better than the black ones, so it all worked out well!

Overskirt: The overskirt is a four point petal skirt made from gold broadcloth. The pattern I used for this skirt was Simplicity 5582.

Underskirt: The underskirt is made from a burgundy broadcloth. The pattern I used was McCalls 4090, which is actually for going over a hoop skirt, but I shortened the pattern to make it a wench skirt, but still have the hoop skirt diameter to make it nice and full.

Bodice: This bodice was completed two years ago, from a wench bodice pattern that was custom made for me. The outside of this bodice is made from a burgandy and gold jacquard that was a dirt cheap remnant fabric that I just had to have. The inside is made out of burgandy cotton duck, making it very sturdy and supportive, even if it is a touch loose from me losing weight. The bodice has boning on both sides of the grommets as well as boning by the side seams under the arms. For boning I used 1/2 inch cable zip ties, cutting them to the needed length and sanding the edges round for comfort. The bodice laces up the front with 20 gold grommets.

Bloomers: The bloomers are from burgundy cotton broadcloth and I used Butterick pattern 6884, but modified a bit. I lenghtened the legs on the pattern by eight inches and put elastic bands in the legs just below the knees to create a long gathered cuff below the knees, which worked great with my new boots. Decided to try something a little different with the bloomers pattern that I love by adding the longer cuff, since all my bloomers usually end at my knees.

Chemise: The chemise is made from cotton muslin from Simplicity pattern 9966. This is a different chemise pattern than I usually use and I wasn't sure I liked it. The sleeves are very long on my short arms, but if I push them up to my elbows, then the sleeves look very baggy. But the more I wore it, the more I got used to it and the better I liked it.

More pictures of this garb:

Complete except for hat or head covering:
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Nearly complete except for overskirt:
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Chemise and Bloomers:
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Bodice:
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:iconeuvonea:
Euvonea Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Student General Artist
WOW! I want!
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:iconmarikkanamelightzero:
Beauitufl dress!
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Thanks! One of my favorites!
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:iconirishpagan:
irishpagan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
How well did using zip ties work out for you? I have tons of projects that require boning and its a pain to run out all the time. :P
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
The zip ties worked out great! Still using all my original bodices that I made with zip ties! And my court gown corset is made with them too.
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irishpagan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Sweet! Thanks I can't wait to try it!
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
It works well!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow, im really behind... you cut your hair!! so did i, only a bit more drastic than yours.

outfit looks awesome!!
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Yeah, I cut it pretty short recently, and changed it to red about a year or so ago! LOL! It's starting to grow out again now though, but it's still red! LOL!
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racehorse87 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this outfit. Super excellent color coordination, and I'm quite fond of the chemise sleeves.

I was just wondering how you customized the bodice pattern. Personally, I can follow patterns, but once things get very fitted I have trouble adjusting them. :/
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MistressKristin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
A friend of mine :iconladylucrezia: started with one of the commercial bodice patterns, then redrafted it to fit me, since the commercial pattern didn't fit me right at all. I could probably redraft it to customize it myself now (have done that with a few patterns since then), but at the time, I was still pretty new to the sewing thing and still learning how to made a bodice. That one and my burgundy one I believe were the first two that I made. lol!
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:iconracehorse87:
racehorse87 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oooo, that's very cool. It always helps to have friends with skills. ;)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
jeezeez! intense! :D like it all... nice belt ^.^
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
LOL! Thanks so much! The belts the only thing I didn't make, but that was a sweet $5 find at Wal-Mart! LOL!
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:iconmarcusstratus:
Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
hehe how ironic
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:iconprimulatook:
primulatook Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful! wonderful! such great detail
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
Thanks! I'm very happy with how it turned out!
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:iconidzit:
Idzit Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional Artist
*cough*

**steals**

This is gorgeous. I love every inch of it. :heart:
Good jorb!
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
Thanks!!! It's definitely becoming one of my favorites! LOL!
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:iconidzit:
Idzit Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Professional Artist
Man, I need to find myself a job where I can wander around in costume all day long.
Why the hell aren't there jobs like that around here?
Wearing normal clothes is so boring!

*sulks*
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angelaiko Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
This is lovely! If you don't mind me asking, where do you get your grommets? All they ever have at the fabric stores is eyelets, which aren't the same XP I suppose I could go to a marine supply shop if I get desperate but then I'd be stuck with only silver, and that's if I can even find any grommets small enough.
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
Thanks!! I get all my grommets at the fabric store. However, I've been told to try the hardware store and look into getting tent and canvas grommets. I haven't gone looking for them yet, but I probably will for my new corset, as they are supposed to be stronger and better than the grommets I can get at the fabric store.
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angelaiko Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Tent and canvas grommets huh? I'll have to look into that. Thank you! :heart:
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2007
If you get to them before I do, let me know how they work out! I still haven't gone to get any for my corset yet! LOL!
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MegamiJadeheart Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
This is beautiful ^_^ You found the perfect fabrics to go with that brocade (which is a marvelous brocade) and it all goes with your own coloring very well! I can't wait to see the hat that you make to go with it.

I love all the jangly bits of flair about your waist. It really adds a comfortable clutter to the whole outfit.
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MistressKristin Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
Thanks!!

Yeah, can't go anywhere without my pouches and fan and dagger and tail and hankie and favor savor and whatever else I can think of that I might need! LOL!
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:iconmegamijadeheart:
MegamiJadeheart Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
You're quite welcome ^_^

I need to put all my fair-time necessities on one belt. I always get there and realize I don't have something ~laugh~ Not to mention it looks . . . empty without everything.
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kitsunenoir Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
i swear its gonna seem like im stalking you today, I'm not... promise :D anyway I LOVE that fabric you used for the bodice, I just got some like it (its curtains from walmart for like $5 on sale hehehe, you gotta find it where you can though eh?) once again, wonderful work, beautifully period :)
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MistressKristin Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
Thanks, that fabric was so pretty that I just had to have it. I think it was a $2 remnant piece or something. LOL!
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Red-foxen Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW it's great, that is like just about what my costume will look like when I am done, mine is rust and gold, go figure, I have red hair too :)
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
Cool, can't wait to see it!! Yeah, mine is kind of a rusty burgundy. It's not the same color as all my other burgundy fabrics! LOL!
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:iconred-foxen:
Red-foxen Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm trying to get one like gold and the color of my hair, redish brown-rusty... :) I added you to my myspace :P because I have no life
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LadyMac Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
Yay!! It's way awesome :D

I have a question for you, though: I have a bodice (purchased from a costume sale) where the boning is poking out of the top of the lacing edges. It's a bunch of little pieces all together and not very comfortable or attractive. Any ideas how I can convince it to stay inside? It pokes through fabric, and there's a fair amount of stress on that point.
Any direction you could give would be great!
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:iconmistresskristin:
MistressKristin Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
Thanks!

Ummmm....never really had that problem myself, but maybe sewing some bias tape around the edges if you can find a color that matches it? That might help keep it in place. Other than that, I'm not really sure.
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:iconladymac:
LadyMac Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
I'll look into that.. thanks!
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