So much work went into my most recent project, the children’s Robin Hood and Maid Marian costumes. I watched so many episodes of the BBC series, my finger hovering over the PAUSE button. I studied so many photos and screenshots in order to get certain details just right.
Details like the way the lacing system on Robin’s hoodie were constructed. And like how the quiver fitted, and how it worked with the other garments. We cut apart an old leather jacket to make the quiver and used waxed cord to stitch it together.
We modified a purchased pattern for Millen’s Maid Marian dress. All the pieces are laced together with cord and ribbon… just because that’s the kind of construction detail the wardrobe designers of the program frequently used. And because it looks pretty. Pretty was our primary consideration in this costume.
We borrowed a beautifully carved wooden recurve bow- which coincidentally happened to be the exact right size- from an archery enthusiast friend. The real Robin had a recurve Saracen bow, dontcha know. And then we drove over an hour on a rainy day to meet our friend and photographer Ginger Barber for a photo shoot.
And the park was insanely crowded that day, because it was Columbus Day weekend and unbeknownst to us, there was an absolutely enormous craft fair taking place. There were state troopers directing traffic, parking places were few and far between and every nook and cranny was swarming with happy, friendly folk dressed in distinctly and most inconveniently non-BBC-Robin-Hood-appropriate attire. Even so, Ginger was able to get shots like this one… a contemplative Marian in the foreground, a dashing Robin in the background and nary another soul in sight.