Kalen’s Pyrate Diary—Part the Fyrst
I’m really excited about it . . . and it means I finally have an excuse to make my own version of the pink watered silk stays in the Victoria and Albert collection (ok they’re c. 1670, but I don’t care, I mean just look at them)!
Of course this also means I have to get crackin’ on a full costume. Jess and I could put together enough Fantasy Pirate costumes for all the Hoydens and then some right out of our closets (I think we have something crazy like 60+ years of re-enactment between us, Ack!), but it never pays to be the costume authority who looks like they don't know what they're talking about, or whose costume is "perioid" (vs. period).
I’ve hit upon the fabric for my coat (a fab pinkish velvet with black accents, you can see it to the left; not 100% accurate as it's not a silk or wool velvet, but sometimes you have to make do *sigh*), and selected a pattern to use as a starting place. I went with one from Reconstructing History, because I know they have a passion for historical accuracy, and they're just good people. Their patterns are so good in fact, that they were used to create the clothing for National Geographic's Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah.
Sometimes a pattern makes it all go faster, and sometimes it makes me feel like I’m running backwards through a vat of molasses (I often use the pattern as a starting point for the correct shape of the pieces, but draft the garment from scratch by draping it). We'll see how this one works out . . .
From time to time over the next six months I'll be posting here about my progress, complete with pictures and horror stories (there are always horror stories, LOL!). Perhaps in my next post we'll talk about buttons, as I've completely lost my mind and decided to make my own in the period style. *grin* Or maybe by then I'll know a bit more about how the costume is taking shape . . .
But for now, let's bring it back around to the world of romance. I've never written a pirate romance, but I can sure feel the temptation coming on . . . anyone out there love a good pirate romance? If so, tell me which ones you love and why!