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Willa spent a few years being an historical costumer with a reenactment society. Today, she still does most of her garb herself (as well as John-Paul's and her sons'), but still has yet to master the art of the bodice. She bought her first bodice from Pendragon Costumes, but recently had another one custom made by The Scots Dragon, and couldn't be happier with it!

Make Your Own Garb
Sure you can go out and BUY your garb...but there's nothing in the world like the feeling you get when you're at faire and someone says "Where did you GET that?", and you get to reply with "I made it!" But if you're already strapped for time, see our Faire Folke section for garb merchants to help you in this department!


For some tips on costuming and even a "sew with me" section to help you with making your garb, you have to see Dawn's Costume Guide. It's Willa's favourite garb-making site!

I have also listed a few books on costuming from Amazon.com that I thought were amazing! If either of these don't suit your needs, you can always click on the Amazon link and go browsing yourself! Enjoy!

Simply click on a link below to find out more about these books offered by Amazon.com and let them know that AtTheFaire.com sent you!
Medieval Costume and Fashion

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Costume Encyclopedia


Below is a listing that I (Willa) have compiled of almost all of the renaissance/medieval patterns that can be found in just about every fabric store there is. (Silly wench that I am, when I went to collect the information, I completely forgot to check Butterick!..I'll do that very soon.)

There are MANY more patterns out there from MANY more sources, and there will be more patterns and sources added as time goes by...Making your own garb is never a destination...it's a life-long journey! If you know of any patterns that haven't been listed, or of a wonderful source for patterns, please e-mail me and let me know about them! Thanks!

McCall Patterns
A = Adult — M = Men's — W = Women's — C = Child's — G = Girls' — B = Boys'
2242
(W) high front bodice, ladies or wench wear with headpieces
2243
(W) high front bodice, ladies or wench wear with headpieces
2248
(M) jerkin, shirt and hat
2383
(G) princess dress
2385
(G) princess and fairy dresses
2434
(G) princess and fairy dresses
2645
(W) Bridal gown-type pattern (train on dress), but could be simplified for lower class
2663
(W) Lady or lower class dress with shawl and headpieces
2664
(M & B) Doublet or tabard with shirt, hat and leg coverings
2665
(A) Long robe, tunic, tabard and hats
2793
(W) Elizabethan dress for lady or lower class
2798
(W) Elizabethan dress, very much royal
2802
(M) Jerkin, shirt and hat
2806
(W) chemise, sleeveless overdress and armbands
2810
(W) high-waisted lined gown with optional flared sleeves and lined cloak
2814
(A) belly dancer and jester
2850
(G) princess dress
2853
(A) Assorted misc. outfits
2854
(C) Assorted misc. outfits
2856
(G) princess dress
2857
(W & G) storybook princess dresses
2895
(A) Assorted misc. costumes including robes and tunics
2937
(C) wizard robe with cloak and hat
2938
(W) Scottish/Irish skirt and bodice with hat
2976
(G) fairy dresses with wings and headbands
8869
(A & C) clown and jester outfits
8937
(W) loose dress with flared sleeves, cape and princess hat
9454
(G) princess and fairy dress
9496
(A) wizard robe and hat



Simplicity Patterns
A = Adult — M = Men's — W = Women's — C = Child's — G = Girls' — B = Boys'

7756
(W) dress for lady or lower class
7761
(M) doublet, poofy shirt and hat
8192
(W) loose gown, fitted or floor-length sleeves with high-waisted bodice
8249
(W) shirt, underskirt, gathered skirt, bodice and headpiece
8318
(C) knight, lord or princess
8587
(A) peasant attire
8715
(W) shirt, underskirt, gathered skirt, bodice and headpiece
8725
(W) straight dress with gates of hell (sleeveless overdress with low-cut armholes)
8728
(W) capes, cloaks and headpieces
8735
(W) high-waisted gown with tie-on sleeves, veil and snood headpieces
8750
(W) gothy dresses
8814
(C) misc. animals, including dragon
8855
(W) Scottish/Irish dresses with hat
8881
(W) Elizabethan royal dress with frill collar
8913
(M) Irish Scottish shirt, leg coverings, kilt, breeches and hat
9058
(W) gowns and princess hats
9228
(W) high-waisted dress with tie-on sleeves
9246
(W) skirts and jacket/shirts with beaded trim
9255
(W) gothy dresses
9256
(W) high collared shirt, 2 bodice styles, hat and bumroll
9452
(A) cloaks and capes
9454
(W) fairies' and sprites' dresses
9531
(W) high-waisted gown
9533
(W) high-waisted gown with sleeveless robe
9703
(C) Misc. costumes including wizard, princess and pirate



Butterick Patterns
A = Adult — M = Men's — W = Women's — C = Child's — G = Girls' — B = Boys'

4599
(G) Princess gown
4653
(W & G) Gypsy outfit
5107
(G) Princess gown
5173
(G) Princesses and fairy
5655
(W & G) Dress with front opening, underskirt, shirt & headpiece with veil
5656
(M & B) Lined cape and doublet, leggings, spats & hat
5659
(G) Princess dress
5673
(C) Robin Hood and Maid Marion
5749
(A) Robin Hood and Maid Marion
6196
(W) Full skirt, 2 shirt styles, boned bodice, apron & hat
6197
(W) 2 dress styles, shirt, skirt & 2 headpieces
6198
(W) Full skirt, 2 shirt styles, boned bodice, apron & hat
6203
(W & G) Dress with roll hat and veil
6295
(A & C) Pirate wear
6305
(C) Mini royalty wear
6696
(G) Fairy and princess dresses
6750
(M) Tunics, shirts, hats, boots & spats
6751
(W) Dress, cummerbunds and hats
6935
(G) Princess dress

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