The last time I posted was over a year ago. In part this is owing to some health issues that are finally beginning to (sort of) resolve themselves, but mainly it's because I fell down the clockwork rabbit hole into steampunk. I's still doing renaissance costuming, but I just haven't made much new stuff in the past year.
Rather than continue to allow this blog stand idle for long stretches while I'm working on things unrelated to the renaissance, or creating a whole new blog and let that one stand idle while I come back here to do renaissance or other stuff, I'll be broadening the focus of this blog to include all of my costuming and garb making.
I hope you don't mind. Never fear, my dabbling in the renaissance is not over by a long shot. As you can see below, I'm in the 2011 promotional video for the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire (Guy with a big nose bouncing around like a maniac)
Anyway, rest assured, the quality renaissance costuming content is not nearly at an end. I have a leather doublet on the drawing board that I'm gathering bits for and will begin as soon as I find the right buttons or closures to complete it! So my rennie and SCA readers can look forward to that.
Incidentally, in case you don't like pawing through the steampunk or sci fi stuff to find the renaissance stuff (or vice-versa), never fear; each period or genre will have its own tag that will be applied to all posts of that milieu.Renaissance, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Prop Making, Leatherwork, etcetera. Some of them might have more than one category, but I'll try to keep overlap to a minimum.
My standards for costuming in any period remain the same:
1. Good garb feels natural when you’re wearing it.
2. Good garb won’t kill you to wear in the August heat (or the halls of a convention center).
3. Good garb is clothing you won’t hate putting on in the morning.
4. Good garb is just as durable as the other clothes in your closet (or better).
5. Good garb weighs style against wearability and strikes a healthy balance.