Totally worth it.

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.


I guess that’s because she knows my kids so well, and because she’s patient and hardworking.

And talented.


I’ll treasure these photos forever… oh yes, I will.

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28 Responses to Totally worth it.

  1. 1
    ellen b. says:

    Absolutely wonderful!

  2. 2
    Ganeida says:

    Your 1st one won't show for me but the rest are absolutely stupendous! Congrats to all concerned.

  3. 3
    Melodie says:

    They (the costumes, the pictures and the cuties) are all absolutely breathtaking! You have an amazing gift and what reward to see them enjoy the costumes so much!

  4. 4
    Mrs.Rabe says:

    I can only see the last 3 photos but they are wonderful! You did an amazing job on the costumes…the photographer is indeed talented!

    What a treasure you ahve in these photos!

  5. 5
    seekingmyLord says:

    The first two photos are not showing up, but the the rest are lovely. The costumes are truly a work of art.

    You are such a talented seamstress!

  6. 6
    Carol says:

    Hi Diane,

    Just letting you know the first two pictures are not showing up for me, the other ones are.

    Great pictures! Love what you did with the costumes and how absolutely delighted your children look for getting some great clothes. Well done!

    Carol

  7. 7
    Sonia says:

    You did wonderful work on the costumes! Your children and their photos are gorgeous, too. Having such great subjects helps, but you two ladies are quite talented!

  8. 8
    Chelsey says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. These are perfect!!! I've got to show Tuck – and then we'll have to review our ten commandments – though shalt not covet. Although, we will probably just have to ask for forgiveness! ) Job well done my friend. Job WELL done!!!

  9. 9
    my5cents says:

    Those costumes are so beautiful…and the photos in the woods make them perfection….I can certainly imagine why you will treasure those photos forever….

  10. 10
    Stephanie says:

    Sooo fun! I used to LOVE to dress up and pretend, and I'm so looking forward to making costumes for my kids one day! These creations are simply gorgeous–what a wonderful, productive mother you are! You're children are so blessed. :)

  11. 11
    Kristine says:

    So beautiful! So handsome! So worth it – your kids and the photos! Your details are amazing and the photos are great. I never would have guessed the park was crowded. Noah already looks like such a man – I can totally see him as Robin Hood.

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Love the photos of your Princess and handsome young man. Yes, you have the real treasures and photos as well.

  13. 13
    Lady Dorothy says:

    Absolute treasure!

  14. 14
    Terry @ Breathing Grace says:

    Oh my, Diane! These costumes are wonderful. You did a beautiful job.

    And the kids look great in them, too.

  15. 15
    Barbara H. says:

    I can see why you'll treasure them! They're enchanting! And you did a superb job on the costumes.

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    I am so impressed! Where were you when my kids were growing up?

  17. 17
    Diane says:

    ganeida…well my dear, those words mean a lot coming from you, knowing what an amazing seamstress your own mama is♥

    thanks miss ellen b!

    melodie… thank you so much for those warm and encouraging words☺

    mrs rabe… i think i've fixed the problem with the first coupla photos. thanks for letting me know of the prob. and thanks for the compliments too:-)

    aww linda, you always know just the best thing to say♥

    carol… the kids really were so thrilled to be dressed up as their favorite characters. i'm so glad they enjoyed the experience as much as they did!

    oh sonia, thanks so much☺

    hehehe chelsey;-)

    5cents.. doesn't the setting really make the most of the costumes? actually that park is so gorgeous, anyone'd look great photographed there!

    stephanie.. seriously! aren't costumes the most fun ever? i wish i could still dress up;-)

    kristine… i agree, noah looks so mature in those pics. it's like he's a teenager already. yipes! he's only 11yo! i need him to be a little boy for at least a few more months:-{

    thanks anon♥

    lady dee…~♥~

    terry… i gotta tell you, i had SO much fun making these outfits (probably more fun than the kids had wearing them, truth be told;-})

    barbara.. thanks for the sweet words, dear☺

    hehehe anon:-}

  18. 18
    Tasha says:

    AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!!!

  19. 19
    Laura Lee says:

    You are the best momma EVER!!!!

  20. 20
    Laura Lee says:

    It's really Linda at Beautifully Veiled, I just realized I'm signed in on Laura Lee's blogger!!! But she would probably agree!!!!

  21. 21
    Vintage Girl says:

    Oh Diane, you work is just wonderful, talented lady you are! The children…oh my, your friend captured their spirit perfectly! Have a beautiful day…..Heather

  22. 22
    Jenni says:

    Noah should send some of his photos along with a letter to Jonas Armstrong (aka – Robin Hood) and see if he responds! Seriously….his costume looks just like Robin's. Great work, Diane! You could be a movie costume designer!

  23. 23
    Anna Kristine says:

    Wow, you did such a beautiful job! The photos are gorgeous! They look very "Sherwood" :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Anna Kristine

  24. 24
    Gretel says:

    I am having trouble not being jealous of the wood bow and leather quiver!
    The outfits look like a ton of fun! :)

  25. 25
    Diane says:

    aww thanks tasha♥

    thanks laura lee… err, i mean linda;-)

    heather… you know, i think that is my favorite thing about the pictures: how they capture each child's personality so perfectly♥

    jenni… i suggested your idea to noah and he was thrilled at the prospect of writing to jonas armstrong! i think we just might do it as a school project next week. thanks for the great idea!

    well anna kristine… thanks for all the work you put into your costume studies. they were just invaluable. seriously.

    gretel… even i was a little bit jealous of that bow;-)

  26. 26
    Mr. Riggenbach says:

    The costumes are fabulous Diane, I can only imagine how many hours were devoted to their conception and creation. I hope Noah is my size, cuz I really want to be Robin Hood too, after seeing his outfit. We can relate your creeping and pausing through episodes to get the details right, I especially remember a weekend in which we spent hours pausing "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" trying to get the embroidery on Lucy's dress correct. Am I correct in guessing that your photoshoot was at Letchworth? Again, wonderful work and a finished product worth enjoying fully!

  27. 27
    Becky K. says:

    Stunning, dear lady. Absolutely stunning! You are so very gifted.

    Becky K.

  28. 28
    Serena Abdelaziz says:

    We are currently watching the whole series….jsyk!

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