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« on: April 22, 2013 07:14:08 AM »

I am going to be a vendor at a Renaissance Faire in early June ... along with getting product ready, I also *need* to get a costume put together ... any suggestions for a matronly figure? I have been perusing the forums, but links are broken and pics are missing and I'm getting nowhere (fast) ...

Thanks for any help!!!!
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013 02:40:16 PM »

From what I gather, you need a few basic pieces: chemise/smock, kirtle, overgown, apron and wimple. Google image search is your friend! Especially if you add the word "pattern" to any of those words. It'll be the embellishment and accessories that will bring you up from peasant to merchant.

I did you a search for "renaissance costume pattern free" for a broader overview.

« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013 03:04:39 PM »

I didn't string together that combo - this is way better than what I was coming up with, thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2013 03:12:48 PM »

I've been doing a lot of research on this, due to my obsession with bog coats, tunics, and "Vikings" (the TV show)- I don't know if any of these will help, but here's some stuff that I've found:


http://users.ox.ac.uk/~wychwood/costume.shtml (They have PDF pattern worksheets- well done stuff!)





If you keyword "SCA" plus "free pattern" in a search, you'll probably find a LOT more stuff. I, too, am matronly-ish, but I don't wear women's clothing in this stuff- I wear men's, because frankly, it's easier, and you can move more freely (i.e., you can squat, twist, etc., and not worry about exposing anything!) That, and I don't have long hair- better to be a cross-dressing oddity, but comfortable!  Wink Think about what era and culture you'd like to represent, too- some garb is super simple: a long T-tunic with a simple belt works just fine for early-early England or most of Western Europe. But if you're wanting to do, say, 14th century Germany or Italy, you're looking at a lot more complexity in your costuming. SCA members are pretty generous with sharing their garb info- look 'em up for more choices. Good luck!  Smiley


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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2013 05:34:55 AM »

thanks! some more search terms that I didn't use ... love the Dagorhir Gear patterns, they give plenty of pics for this visual learner!
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2013 05:59:02 AM »

Here's a website I like with lots of tutorials down the left side of this page:  http://www.renaissancetailor.com/demos_main.htm

I especially like the Eastern European pants down near the bottom of the list.  Easy and fun tutorial.  Smiley


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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2013 03:36:54 PM »

thanks! I had visited the renaissance tailor site, but somehow missed the tutorials down the side Smiley
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