Ice & Fire Ball

For this event I was cast as Cersei and needed an outfit stat! I took the red surcoat and found the scraps of fabric to make a set of sleeves & belt. The belt is made from a few layers of horse hair. I added an embroidered rampant lion on the sleeves to tie into the Lannister family.

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photo ©2015 Jean Martin

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My first ever gown – upcoming auction

When I was still in college my now Mother-in-law Ann made me a pink bog dress for Halloween. I went to my first Renaissance Faires in 2001. I was so proud of that pink dress she gifted me but she determined it was time for me to sew my own.

Gold gown with arch for sale

I wasn’t convinced by the colour gold but fell in love as I sewed it together. I’ll try to sift out original photos from when I wore it to Scottish events in Northern California in the early 00s. It was originally gold and burgundy. Through the years it has seen many alterations. Ann walked me through the entire construction. It was the first “gown” I had ever made. I had made doll clothing and stuffed animals up to that point and maybe an apron in home ec class in middle school.

Gold in Window for sale
“Looking forward, Looking back” Tavan Photography- I am wearing my first gown that started my adventure into starting my business making custom clothing peering into the front door leading to my new space at the Woman’s club in downtown San Jose.

The detail shots of the gown in its current incarnation are on Flickr. This gown and many other of my personal costuming will be sold on auction to help fund the move to my first non-home based work space!

Details on the auction, how to bid, and measurements of the dress forthcoming.

Hair and beaded wire caul

Mackenzie asked if I could style her wig for her wedding since I was not available this year to make her gown. Plus she is such a great seamstress I didn’t know why she would even want me to make her gown! But she has entrusted her hair to my hand which I am very flattered by :)

So to start she came over and I braided and twisted up her hairstyle:

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