Close up view of crazy pieced, machine quilted front panel with appliqued velvet leaves, ribbonworked flowers, hand embroidery and bead embellishments.
Date Created: June 1999
Created Especially for: The Fairfield Fashion show
Line: cloak, jacket, camisole, skirt and slippers
Techniques: Machine appliqué, crazy piecing, quilting, hand embroidery and bead embellishment
Fabric: Velvet, velveteen, cotton, silk
From the very first time that I attended Renaissance Pleasure Faire, I have felt a true longing to be apart of the splendor and mystery of that age. The concept of this ensemble was inspired by Maid Marian's wardrobe in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, (she had cool clothes and I so wanted to be her!)
The pattern for the cloak is the Folkwear Kinsdale Cloak, it is made from a rayon velvet with cotton velveteen crazy pieced sections. These sections are machine quilted; appliqued with velvet leaves and silk ribbonworked flowers; hand embroidered and embellished with glass beads, metal buttons and charms. Matching slippers were made from the rayon velvet.
The short sleeve jacket (not shown) is a Butterick pattern, crazy pieced in silk and cottons fabrics. The crazy piece base was machine quilted; appliqued with velvet yo yos and silk ribbonworked flowers; hand embroidered and embellished with glass beads, metal buttons and charms with the same images as the cloak.
The ensemble is completed with a a stretch dyed velvet camisole and a skirt that is a dyed crinkle pleated rayon fabric from India. The jewelry worn with this ensemble is Amethyst Mist.