Thursday, 18 November 2010

Getting robed

I've decided that one of the things I really want for Yule is a new robe. Not some boring blanket poncho to wear in rituals when it is too cold to go skyclad - I want a robe that is really gorgeous. I want to turn up at rituals and have people ask: "Where did you get that lovely robe?"

Is that a bit vain? Well, maybe, just a little. But every witch likes nice things once in a while.

Now, you might look at the profile picture of me on A Bad Witch's Blog (also shown right) and see that I am wearing what looks like a perfectly adequate black robe. Except that it isn't actually a robe; it is a fancy dress costume.

I didn't even pay any money for it. I picked it up on Freecycle to wear to a themed party and it was originally made by a fancy dress company called Smiffy's. Smiffy's still sells something similar, only in white.

Although I do wear it to rituals - and I've worn it to a great many rituals - every time I put it on I feel embarrassed. I can't help thinking that if I'm wearing a fancy dress costume, perhaps people will think I'm a really just a fake witch.

And, with Yule approaching, I think it is time for something new to wear.

The problem is, where to get what I want. I had a look at the stalls at Witchfest, but I guess by the time I got there all the robes had been sold. There were plenty of beautiful gothy dresses on sale - particularly on the stand run by Wytch Haze - and some very nice cloaks, but no robes that I could find.

So, I thought it might be a good idea to ask if anyone reading this knows of a good place to buy gorgeous robes?

I'm perfectly happy to buy one over the internet from a reputable shop - so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

When I get my new robe, I will definitely post some pictures of it on my blog!

The photo of me was taken by Dominick Tyler. You can see more of his work on http://www.dominicktyler.com/

Links
Medieval Maid Costume
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2007/11/yule-presents.html
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Wytch-Haze-Medieval-Designs
http://www.uk.freecycle.org/
http://www.ehow.com/how_5538163_sew-poncho-pattern.html

3 comments:

Aelwyn said...

Heya...not to just pimp my friend, but check out Mackellar's Haven (their website is down, but check them out at their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Hamilton-ON/MacKellars-Haven-Quality-Costuming-and-Garb/8633705961).

My best friend runs it, and is an expert seamstress. She makes anything from historically accurate garb, to goth clothing, and cloaks and robes.

I have a black chemise from her that I wear as a robe for ritual that is perfect. Nothing fancy, but it is perfect for what I need.

Give Mav a holler, and see what she can do for you (she can make your dreams come alive). Her email is mavie13@hotmail.com. Just tell her Aelwyn sent you. :D

Aelwyn said...

Oh, and my chemise is exactly like this:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=43336210961&set=a.43331405961.68891.8633705961&pid=1627679&id=8633705961

badwitch said...

Aelwyn - thanks very much for the link to your friend's costume pages!