Here are some examples of the Renaissance period garments I have made:
|Ah, when the world was young and so were we!
These Renaissance "peasants outfits" were made in 1981. Of course, peasants wouldn't have princely silver circlets, but what the heck. His shirt was based on a Y-shaped one piece yoke, with huge sleeves and body panel, and a pointed collar. The cuffs and placket had a few inches of trim, and closed with single abalone shell buttons.
Her outfit has the ever-useful tied-on-rectangle apron. The buttons on the bodice were fake mother-of-pearl. (I was just beginning to learn about period accuracy.) The belt was one of three hand-hewn from a piece of thick rawhide, with a buckle from Tandy.
The mug was purchased at Cost Plus in 1979.
|The same bodice and shift as above, with a
gored skirt, kilted up to show home-made elkskin boots.
The pouch is also elkskin. The arisaidd (I've seen lots
of spellings of this word.) is a hemmed 2 1/2 yards of Dress
Gordan tartan. The belt is the second of the three, with
a dragon buckle.
The cup and fan were purchased from Pier1 in 1980.
|This beauteous maid was a docent at Southern Faire. This was the second "middle class" woman's outfit I made (1981). I didn't make her crocheted snood.|
|This young man's hat is a simple cartridge pleated muffin, parti-colored of burgundy and blue wale-less corduroy. The doublet is also cord, medium blue with light blue piping along the front, and back seams, and along the epaulets. The breeches are of broadcloth, made by the wearer from a pattern I provided.|
|This sackbut player's hat is a typical flat cap with notches in the brim, of heavy grey cotton above, and burgundy on the underside of the brim. The doublet is of the same wale-less corduroy, with black satin ribbon trim, the design copied from the cover of a book, per the customer's request. The breeches are of the same grey cord as the cap, with navy satin ribbon and interlace trim running in a chevron/diagonal, with slashes and yellow puffs at the sides.|
|This was the first higher-than-peasant Renaissance outfit I ever made. (The instrument is a sackbut.) The snood had over 300 little pearls on it. The puffs at the sleeves, neckline, and front edge were rather denser than I had intended. As it happens, I haven't tried to do a puff around a collar and placket since then.|
|This one I did in two days with no machine! This is my Mom, in a russety-brown straight skirt, high white cotton partlet, and kettlecloth bodice. I finished the lacing holes in the truck driving down to Faire.|
|The baby's flat cap is green velvet, his shirt is plain muslin and breeches are from a scrap of the grey cord with blue satin as mentioned above.|
|Here the baby is wearing a crocheted "bonnet" of varigated acrylic, and a pale blue shirt. His mother has a medium blue crocheted snood, a white shift with ligne-style gathers on the sleeves and green drawstrings. Her bodice is more grey cord, with green braided trim. Her skirt is made from a cotton beadspread from Cost Plus, with woven-in stripes accurate to the period.|
|Rather than having a seperate ruff, or having it attached to a shirt collar, this lace ruff was attached to the blue no-wale corduroy doublet, which had pewter buttons from waist to throat. The breeches are narrower than is accurate to the period, but were made that way intentionally, to show off his legs. The boots were handmade by him. (See the Fantasy page for more about the boots). The shirt is by Dye Spots, available at Reanissance Pleasure Faire.|
|This leine has pleats on the sleeves, tacked
down with ribbon trim, but with drawstrings at the bottom
6", plus drawstrings around the bells of the sleeves.
The hanging yellow ribbons are drawstrings. The belt is
the third of the above mentioned set. The breeches are of
brushed cotton with drawstrings at knees and waist, but
also a buttoned fly on the front (hidden under the front
of the leine). The outfit was made in 1982 or 83.
Her shift is of white muslin with green drawstrings and stitching. The bodice is gray no-wale corduroy with green braid trim. These were made in 1985
The tot was 21 months old. The shift-style shirt had blue drawstrings and his little breeches were the same grey as Mom's bodice, but with blue ribbon trim. The bonnet was crocheted varigated acrylic. These were made in 1986.
|This is Rosin Dubh in my second Irish guna (Gaelic for "dress"), made for her in about 1993. (The first was a reversable one for Rowan Fairgrove.) The leine (Gaelic for "shirt") is actually a full length shift, but with the distinctive gathered sleeves. These have drawstrings along the tops, rather than pleats. They can be drawn up nearly to the elbow, to get the length out of the way for work. The bells are sewn shut about half way up, so they provide pocket space. The skirts are gored, and nearly full circles.|
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