Past Halloween Costumes – Renessance / Elizabeth I

When my sister told me she was going to a big halloween party last year, we immediately sat down to decide on what to make. Since the time was tight we both decided to re-make one of her old costumes.

Since I’ve haven’t gotten around to write about the “old” costume yet, I will start there and then show you the alterations we did for halloween 2012.

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2010 I took a class in costume design, and was asked to design and make a costume to fit one of the caracters in Shakespeares “The Tempest”.

Being a sucker for beautyful renessance gowns, I choose the one female character in the play – Miranda, the daughter of the king, who’s been living on a deserted island until a prince comes and rescues her.

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All items were to be made in theatrical fashion – super easy to both get on and of.

So I made the open skirt with the forepart as one.

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And the bodice with the big sleeves sewed on, and a opening in the back next to the lacing which closed with snaps.

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I also made a partlet, a bumroll, a belt and a french hood.

Then me and my sister whent outside and took some photos.

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Then, two years later, we dugg the dress out from it’s box and got to work.

This time it was going to be transformed to something fit a young queen Elizabeth I.

First we needed to lenghten the bodice (to get a better fit), and then we made the skirt and bodice connect by sewing on hooks and eyes.

I also made a simple ruff to wear around the neck, and put some pictures of King Henry IIIV and Anne Boleyn in a amulet.

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This time we din’t have the time to take good pictures but I still managed to snap a few shoots of the ensamble.

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