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« on: July 23, 2010 04:35:21 PM »

the hubby and I have been invited to a renaissance wedding for one of his coworkers. While they aren't requiring people to wear period clothing, it is encouraged and since I don't actually know these people, I'd like to wear something at least renaissance-inspired, so as not to stick out like a sore thumb. I'm not the greatest at clothes-making so it would have to be something simple to sew. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010 07:16:10 PM »

Unfortunately, Renaissance clothing is complicated to make unless you dress as a lower-class person.  So if you want to dress as merchants or upper class, you might want to buy or rent your outfits.

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010 11:37:13 PM »

This site is EPIC:

http://www.elizabethancostume.net/

There's pattern generators, how-to's, discussions of colour and decoration, and you name it, it's there. Unfortunately, it focuses on women's garb from Britain during that time period. So if the soon-to-be-weds had intended a Venetian wedding (which was the heart of the Renaissance), you'll have to do more research.

For menswear, you may find this useful:

http://www.tudortailor.com/patternshop.shtml

A bunch of the links are dead, but this is THE website for all your costuming needs, and specifically, this is the section dealing with the 16th century:

http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/16thlinks.htm
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2010 04:28:13 AM »

I'm having a ren faire wedding myself next year and my friends are already asking for the same kind of advice.
Here it is- Thrift stores are a great place to find gypsy skirts, sandals, scarves and shoes. All you really have to do it make a peasant top, and get crazy at the thrift store to do a fun gypsy sort of outfit. Funky metal jewelry, and a few belt pouches, and no one will ever know you're not a rennie.
If you need some ideas for what im talking about let me know, ill go jump in my closet and show ya!
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