Sunday, August 15, 2010

When Grown-Up’s Play Dress-Up

Had my best day this summer.  Want to know what I did?

Played Dress Up.  How’s that for staying young at heart.    But first I had to do a little work.

I needed something to dress-up in.   So, I took a Spaghetti Strap dress I found at the local thrift store and I repurposed it.


Yes, the white embroidered flowers on black satin were gorgeous but it’s the back of the dress I fell in love with.   However when playing dress-up with thousands of other grown-ups it needed some tweaking.


Don’t hate me but I made it Medieval.  I really wanted to go in costume to this Renaissance Faire.  I only had a few hours to transform it, so I won’t give you any close-ups.  But I think the dress fit into the atmosphere of the faire perfectly.  The  embroider on the front of the dress I re-used as a headpiece.


I also repurposed some scarf's, dresses, tablecloths and odds and ends found in my sewing stash, to make my girls three fairy dresses.

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Lea’s was my favorite.


The girls abandoned their wings after the  first hour at the fair.  That’s okay, cause good sport Dad was there to hold the extras.

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And the cast of Characters we met were all delightful.  Even if their outer appearance was a bit grim.  This fellow offered to watch our children for us. 


And when I asked, ‘Are you afraid?’, he was the one that replied.

‘ Why yes I am?’  he said.  I told him he had good reason.

We even ran into my favorite Wizard Gandalf.

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And pirates, faeries, hags and soldiers.  They were all there, and all graciously stood in the heat to entertain a photo with my wee ones.

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The shows were all entertaining.  Hope’s favorite show was the one where I got called out of Robin Hood and Maid Marion’s audience to play the fearsome dragon in the play, ‘St. George and the Dragon’.  Don’t I look scary?


And the Joust…  Ouch!


My favorite was the Gypsy Horse Acrobats.


Pretty incredible stuff.


And while entertaining, even for Hope...  There was yet one more thing she wanted to do before our Faire Day was over.


I think the part of the day they looked forward to the most was becoming a ‘Lady of the Court’ to her Royal Majesty.

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So if you’ve never played Dress-Up as an adult.  I think you should give it a try.    This little video might entice you. 


The Littlest Thistle said...

What a fun day! Love the outfits you made, and I think the dragon just set yours off ;o) You left the kids with the new babysitter yet? :oD

Debs said...

Those are amazing dresses. You did such a great job, your kids are lucky to have you. It looks really fun.

Natalie said...

I can't count the times I said "Oh my gosh!" through this post. All I can say is WOW, what a magical experience. I love your dresses, they are amazing. It looks like so much fun.

Jorgelina said...

What a fun day.I love your dresses!

Linda in New Mexico said...

Oh My what a wonderful adventure day. And how kind of you to share with those of us who don't get to play very often.
I am letting you know that even though I had said I didn't think I was going to be ablt to "play" for 2nd star....I am ready and raring to go. So cancel my message before, I shan't let you down, I'm ready to post on Saturday. Thanks for the opportunity. Linda at Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts

Anonymous said...

How wonderful...I love medieval fairs! Your dress is stunning, and the girls adorable..such a wonderful memory the day will make for you all.

And you're right..we grownups need to play way more than we do...:)

See you for the weekend party,


Kelly said...

I just wanted to let you know, I am not going to be able to do the blog party. I pulled a muscle (or 6) in my shoulder. I was going to take pics today and I can't even lift my arm. I am sooooo sorry, I have never cancelled on a blog party and I feel terrible.

Kelly (A Stuffed Life)

Arrow said...

I'm seriously jealous. It looks like it was a lot of fun, particularly with the acrobatics!

Marie said...

You did a wonderful job on your dress. I don't know that I would have had the imagination to make it what you did. The girls looked lovely and the video was perfect. Years ago I wouldn't have missed the Ren Faire for anything. It's been some time now since I've gone but watching made me vow to go this next year, no matter what. Lovely job.