This is that other failed design for Sir Eleanore, in case you were wondering about it.  It’s inspired by like a kind of “sexy” knight/elf warrior type costume and to be honest it’s probably totally time period inappropriate- I mean it’s kind of Roman really.  Would it be fun to make and wear anyway? Heck yeah, but I just don’t think this is the time for this costume.

This is that other failed design for Sir Eleanore, in case you were wondering about it.  It’s inspired by like a kind of “sexy” knight/elf warrior type costume and to be honest it’s probably totally time period inappropriate- I mean it’s kind of Roman really.  Would it be fun to make and wear anyway? Heck yeah, but I just don’t think this is the time for this costume.

I’m going to be acting/fighting in a living chess board at the local Medieval Faire next year, but we are training and designing costumes already.
I am Sir Eleanor, a Knight of the Iron Garter and I’m going to be training with broadsword and I’m also fairly proficient unarmed- we aren’t really thinking about the board battles yet, but I do need to be sure I can fight in my costume.
I didn’t get very far in drawing up some designs before I drew this and kind of fell in love- I only drew one other one that is a definite no-go even if it’s kind of fun looking.
We’re looking to go feminine but to retain mobility and badassery here- and I probably would add tights to this if it were the final product both because it could be cold in February and because it’s never fun to have to worry about upskirt issues at a family show.
I’m not really sure it’s accurate enough at all- all final costume ideas have to be approved by our costuming crew, and thank goodness for them because while I am excited to make my costume I am going to need their design guidance a lot because I’m very used to anachronistic costumes that look cool but are the least accurate things in the world.
I totally see that coat as crushed pane in my head, and I’m super terrified of working with crushed pane because it’s a pain in the butt- I would know, my first garment ever was a medieval dress made entirely out of crushed pane.  It’s also a mod off a pattern I already own which is good, but also scary, lol.
The under-dress there is something I may or may not have a pattern for, but it’s nice and cheap.  This is a relatively cheap costume that has the potential to be gorgeous.  All my money would be going into those luscious thigh high boots, haha.

I’m going to be acting/fighting in a living chess board at the local Medieval Faire next year, but we are training and designing costumes already.

I am Sir Eleanor, a Knight of the Iron Garter and I’m going to be training with broadsword and I’m also fairly proficient unarmed- we aren’t really thinking about the board battles yet, but I do need to be sure I can fight in my costume.

I didn’t get very far in drawing up some designs before I drew this and kind of fell in love- I only drew one other one that is a definite no-go even if it’s kind of fun looking.

We’re looking to go feminine but to retain mobility and badassery here- and I probably would add tights to this if it were the final product both because it could be cold in February and because it’s never fun to have to worry about upskirt issues at a family show.

I’m not really sure it’s accurate enough at all- all final costume ideas have to be approved by our costuming crew, and thank goodness for them because while I am excited to make my costume I am going to need their design guidance a lot because I’m very used to anachronistic costumes that look cool but are the least accurate things in the world.

I totally see that coat as crushed pane in my head, and I’m super terrified of working with crushed pane because it’s a pain in the butt- I would know, my first garment ever was a medieval dress made entirely out of crushed pane.  It’s also a mod off a pattern I already own which is good, but also scary, lol.

The under-dress there is something I may or may not have a pattern for, but it’s nice and cheap.  This is a relatively cheap costume that has the potential to be gorgeous.  All my money would be going into those luscious thigh high boots, haha.

I’ve come to a point where I have realized that I have to actually decide how I’m going to make the skirt of this TARDIS dress, but I have several separate ideas and no idea what I really want the final product to look like.

Do I want to use tulle, or chiffon?  Should I do a tulle top skirt and a chiffon petticoat?  A solid top skirt and chiffon petticoat? Should I just use a solid mile of tulle like a tutu skirt?  If I make it and I don’t like it, will I have the energy to unstitch the skirt and try again?  But if I do that more than once it’s going to start to get ragged and gross.  Not to mention potentially expensive.  Not that I can’t reuse tulle or chiffon, but just that chiffon is itself a little pricey.  Do I start with tulle because it’s cheap, and assume that I can mod it if I don’t like it?

So many questions.  

I wish I were better at envisioning the true final product.  I know when I first drew the design, I was imagining tulle with some of the under layers having little petticoat ruffles sticking out off the bottom of them- but if I have like 10 layers like I’m thinking about, how does that look?  That brings me back to doing my white layers as a single petticoat under enough layers of the blue that the color isn’t distorted by the white underneath it.

DECISIONS ARE HARD.