I went through my patterns today and found 3 that I can use. One is a hat pattern..which is nice, since I've never made a hat before. It looks pretty easy...it has a lining...though I've no idea WHY a hat needs a lining....especially a hat like Rena's anyway.
I may end up lining it anyway just so I can put some wadding in one side of it to make sure it stays fat and toward one side when it's on my head.
For the dress I've found 2 patterns. 1 pattern is for the main dress body and its a Butterick 3992, an old period style dress with room to create a high collar and plenty of room to modify it into the style we see Rena wearing.
For the sleves though, I decided that I'd FINALLY tsart doing puff ruffle sleves correctly...and yaknow..use a damn pattern instead of just going "lalala done" and winging it. I admit my past puff sleves have been fine (apart from the eternal senshi...but I'd love to see you get a proper puff sleve like in the artbooks with blasted sheer lightweight chiffon!) but I though, for Rena I'd start to take my sewing to the next level and actualy study patterns properly, start doing linings correctly and generaly just try harder.
Rena isn't hard, but I want to start doing better quality costumes.
My sleeve pattern is being taken from a very very old pattern by McCalls, its a number 7005 and was originaly printed in 1980! I have some OOOOOLD patterns, which is very usefull, since the older ones are often the best.
This pattern has some nice runched sleeves, which if we look at Rena's sleeves, they arent far off. I will be modifying the pattern a little, so that they are also puffed. I am aware that mixing pattern brands is often a bad plan but I've done it before so it SHOULD be fine........right?
So yes. Now I have to pick my fabrics. The dress is a no brainer, it's obviously a good hard wearing cotton blend of some sort and the bows I hazard are similar, but iof a stiffer variety of material....which I will also interface for extra stiffness.
The boots.....may be a bit awkward what with my legs having issues fitting into most boots these days, but we will see.
I'm undecided about a wig for this one. My hair grows slowly and it's currently the right colour for Rena more or less, and I could easily style it. Saying that, the hat would attatch to a wig far better than my hair.