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Topic: Help me, REN FAIRE costumers? Simplicty 4940 accuracy?  (Read 3383 times)
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2009 04:03:10 PM »

Just another note on colours, I find http://katrowberd.elizabethangeek.com/articles/elizabethan-colours handy when looking at colours. Period colour names, the colour they represent and examples in portraits. My favourite is goose turd. Also http://home.uchicago.edu/~atterlep/costuming/brueghel_color_spectrum.htm shows the range of colours shown in working class clothing from the brueghel paintings. Not as much dirt colour as expected. It's actually quite bright and fun.
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2009 12:28:17 PM »

For fabrics, I would stick with natural fibers.  That would be cotton, linen, and wool.  Silk would work but too pricey for a Ren Faire.  Rayon is also a good fabric to use.  (Not a period fabric, but it is lovely to work with, wear, and look at.)  These should keep you cool if it is hot, and warm when it's cool.  Stay away form poly!  It's evil!

For colors, go bold, like a box of crayons.  The dress you've picked out looks like a cotehardie, and they were always in bold colors.  Oh, and pink is period.

I hope that helps you.

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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2009 09:21:51 AM »

Thanks! I'm still picking fabric- taking my time, making sure I really get something I'll be happy with. We only have two small fabric shops locally. This may require a day trip to Dallas or Austin so I can have something more to choose from...

I have until May next year, at the latest, so I think I'll take things slow for now, just to make sure I don't mess things up. The trick will be not going too slow, and having to rush things in the end!

I will post pics of finished products, promise!

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