Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Bristol Faire auditions

Hi all, thanks for reading. There will be a update coming soon costume wise, however I would just like to take the time to put this out there on behalf of the Bristol Renaissance Faire, where I perform:

-Bristol Renaissance Faire-

Auditions for the Bristol Renaissance Faire 2011 Season will be held February 26 & 27, 2011.

KENOSHA, Wisconsin … The Bristol Renaissance Faire announces Auditions for our 2011 season. The Faire is looking for performers to trod the boards and take to the streets on 16 open-air stages and in the shaded streets of a festive 16th century village. Jugglers and Jesters, courtiers and clowns, minstrels, beggars, and wenches, all are part of a Renaissance in entertainment and celebration.

The Bristol Renaissance Faire is casting actors, musicians, dancers, variety performers, and Kids Kingdom performers for the run of the Faire. See our website for detailed information:www.renfair.com/Bristol

Classes and rehearsals begin weekends starting Saturday June 4th and runs for the following 5 Saturdays. The Faire runs Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from July 9 - September 5th, 2011.

Performer Auditions: All performers auditioning must provide a
current head shot (photograph), performance resume and a copy of your photo identification (Driver's License, State ID, or Passport)and must contact the Faire to schedule an audition. 

To sign up - visit the website: www.renfair.com/Bristol - in the left column select "Join Us" and then "Auditions." 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

SidneySlops etc.

Pending the addition of closures the slops for my brother's Robert Sidney 2.0 are completed!

Sidney 2.0 vs 1.0

The next step will be to do a fitting before add closures and then I'll do a second mock-up fitting of the doublet before I'll start constructing the doublet.

Between waiting for fittings and working on other commissioned pieces, I'm starting work on my next dress. A separate post detailing the plans and fabrics for that project will be forthcoming.

In the meantime: here are  some more gratuitous photos of pitbulls!

These were all taken on the morning of the Snowmageddon here in Milwaukee. Kimora was plunging into the biggest drifts she could find; Chewi was less impressed.

Well, until next time!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Project: Sidney 2.0

And so the next project begins!

Allow me to introduce Robert Sidney 2.0. We may all remember the outfit I made for my brother playing Sir Robert Sidney at the Bristol Renaissance Faire http://theradclyffe.blogspot.com/2010/11/sir-robert-sidney.html In case we don't, there's the link. As that was my first shot at Elizabethan menswear, some things didn't turn out quite as I'd have liked, and other things just didn't really survive the season. So I will be remaking some of this outfit, namely the doublet and slops.

The cape and sleeves, as pictured below, will be retained.

New fabrics and trim have been bought for the doublet and slops to match the existing color scheme, but create a completely new look:

Materials came from a number of different stores, including Loomcraft in Vernon Hills, Il, Vogue fabrics in Evanston, Il, Fishman's Fabrics in Chicago, Il, and Gayfeather Fabrics in Madison, WI.

I've been able to make a start and some good progress on the slops already. The slops are cut out and wefted (the material was just a tad too lightweight) and ready to be assembled. And excitingly, the better part of the night was spent cutting and constructing the panes, which are now finished!

Here you can see how I first flatlined the layers together, then used the copper Burmese Silk Blend to bind the edges, then couched a blue rattail in the ditch to give them that extra pop!

A couple panes together:

Laid out over the slops fabric:

And a close up of the finished panes fanning out on the slops fabric:

If I get called off of work tomorrow thanks to the Snomageddon, I'll continue putting the slops together tomorrow. Otherwise I'll get back to them sometime soon. Until then, enjoy these photos and your SnowDay if you are so lucky, and thanks for checking in!