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Renaissance Festival Gypsy

Added Oct 3, 2013

by Shelly Moher

Rochester Hills,...






Oh my gosh this was so much fun to make!! I decided to go to the Renaissance Festival in Holly Michigan a couple weekends ago and busted out this costume in a day. My friend went the week before and bought her costume at Free People, she wore a crop top with a long flowing skirt kinda a bohemian look. So that inspired me to create a crop top and skirt but I wanted mine to be richer in color and royal so I used a (flannel back) azure blue satin and a double layered quilted multicolored rose fabric. I needed a fitted bodice for the crop top so I used the Simplicity Jr. & Jr. Plus pattern 3807 and added about 4 inches to the bottom of the bodice so it would end right around my waist. Then I top stitched the blue satin in a design to fit under the bust and added the bronze dirty gold and purple jeweled buttons for finishing details. I bought the belly chain at Joann’s and used a small gold pin to hold it together, someone at the festival actually thought it was an authentic belly chain and wanted to know where I bought it because she was going to buy a similar one for $50 somewhere. The skirt was easy I had a bunch of blue satin fabric left over so I folded it in half, sewed it, put a hem in it, and added two rows of ¼” elastic. I had a wonderful time at the festival with my friend; we looked in all the shops which were selling potions, bath salts, medieval tiaras, steampunk goggles, Victorian leather hats, animal ears made out of fur on headbands, corsets, and so much more. We watched jousting, went to the pub and listened to a Scottish folk band, looked at a bunch of fairy houses, and rode a centaur! Such an incredible day :) I will never forget it!

Material Notes

Quilted rose material not sure the content
Blue flannel backed satin
Dritz® Skirt Hook & Eyes 5/8" 4/Pkg ( 3 on the side of bodice)
1/4" black elastic
4 1" buttons
2 1/2" buttons




Fall, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Ethnic

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  • El_large

    Oct 7, 2013, 07.18 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous outfit! Greats photos as well ;)

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    • Shelly_large

      Oct 8, 2013, 03.07 AMby Shelly Moher

      Thanks Ellen, I’m happy you think so! I love making costumes :)

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