Well, the Renaissance Fair was tons of fun even with the last-minute hitches and glitches I ran into ...
The costume ended up not being what I had hoped for. The underskirt is great, the blouse is great - though I'm not as happy with the lace as I thought I'd be, and will probably change it out before the next event. The vest just didn't work at all; either a couple of pattern pieces aren't the size they say they are, or I measured myself all wrong (which is quite possible given the rush job it was). Either way I've worked out how I can fix it without starting entirely from scratch. The tartan overskirt didn't happen at all, due to a lack of time; when the vest was finally finished I realized there was no way I could get even a few hours' sleep and make the overskirt. So I caught six hours of sleep and then fringed a length of the tartan fabric as a shawl, which I tied around my waist. I'm told it looked quite good, and it was still within the "period" of the rest of the outfit, so overall I'm still quite pleased with what I did manage to do. Since the weather was shaping up to be bright, sunny, and very warm, instead of the tartan tam I replaced the old pink ribbon on my straw hat with the dark green grosgrain left over from the vest and underskirt, and was able to keep the glare out of my face and still keep the costume looking authentic. I'm thinking about making a new vest and overskirt from plain dark green linen or broadcloth for next year; if I match the green in the tartan, keep the tam and shawl, and put a narrow band of the tartan just above the bottom hem of the underskirt, it will all still look good together and be cooler to wear than the tartan vest and overskirt.
I really don't understand why so many women were wearing black or dark-coloured velvet gowns at the Fair; surely even during the Middle Ages and Renaissance people could obtain lighter fabrics for summer wear? Shady areas were not overly abundant at the venue - it's a horse show park the rest of the year - and an awning of some kind over the tournament-viewing stands would have been appreciated by everyone.
Most of the pictures I took didn't turn out well - there are only two I like well enough to keep, one of the jousting field and one of a knight in armour on his gorgeous Percheron. For the rest, alas, there was too much glare, too much dust in the air, and too many people walking into the frame just as I pressed the button. But that's life at a RenFair; next time I'll try to do better. And I've learned something else from this weekend - next year I'll be giving myself at least three times as long to prepare for the event!
In other areas, there's very little progress to report. Mainly because I put everything else on hold (except housework) to work on the costume. So today, as the umpteen loads of laundry chug away in the washer, I'll be mending. And mending. And mending. And maybe catch up on a little paperwork. But mostly mending.