MAYBE I CAN MAKE MY OWN MEDIEVAL OUTFIT?????
If you have you ever asked yourself this question you may just find this Blog helpful.
With The Abbey Medieval Festival on the near horizon the subject of “What do I wear?” is spoken by many. There are a few different ways this can be addressed.
Most of the time, Hire Costumes are just that, Costumes. Authentic Medieval Garments are indeed a rarity at Costume Hire outlets. If you want to hire, your best bet is to contact your local theatre companies. Some do hire out stage costumes although it does come at a price which can sometimes be high. If you want to spend your money and have something to show for it at the end of the day then why not…….
Rarely will you get what you really want and many have been stung by ordering ready to wear outfits online. The fabrics and designs are mostly too ‘Modern’ or ‘Hollywood’ and they never seem to fit right. If you’re not happy with this option then you could try any one of the talented Seamstresses available and have one........
With the right Seamstress you WILL get what you want regarding Fabric, Colour & Style authenticity. There are many ways to construct a Garment. ‘Hand Sewing’. The Garments you see Re enactors wear are all done in this method. If you are serious about your Garments feeling authentic then look for a seamstress who doesn’t use an overlocker. These garments are constructed with a standard sewing machine using ‘French Seaming’ which is stronger and therefore more durable. You will also gain a sense of authenticity that cannot be achieved using an overlocker. Ask an Actor and they will answer that it’s not until they put on authentic feeling Garments that they ‘become’ the Character. Some are of the opinion that Custom Made Garments are overpriced but when you consider the hours of Workmanship, Uniqueness and the fact that it’s ‘Made for YOU’ in your specifications by a Professional whose work is their passion. They don’t sew because they can, they sew because they ‘Love’ it. If you get a quote on Custom Made and find it out of your budget we go back to the original question………
There is a wonderful sense of achievement & pride in wearing a garment you created yourself. It really is a lot easier than most people think but it does require patience and precision. Don’t make the mistake of trying to get it done quickly until you get more practice at the craft. FABRICS? Stick with natural fibre Fabrics like Cotton, Hemp, Linen, Wool, Silk & Natural Fibre Velvets (not Pane or crushed velvet). There are so many variations to choose from and with more people returning to these Fabrics the choices are ever increasing. Whether it be a Standard Weave, Brocade or Jacquard Fabric try to choose a Colour Pallette from the period. More natural earthy tones for lower class and more highlight colours for middle class. The stronger colours and richer fabrics were worn by the Upper Class, and Nobility, of course, wore the finest of everything.
There are many online sources of Medieval Period Patterns. Simply ‘Googling’ “Medieval Clothing Patterns”, gives you access to what seems like an infinite amount of options. Check out the ‘Images’ instead of ‘Web’ results of your search. This will let you see the images which will link you to the website it originated from. As you will have seen on the ‘Pattern Page’ of this Website, there are many Patterns available at your local Fabric Store. Most of these are easy to assemble designs that transform well into authentic looking Garments with the correct choice of Colours and Fabrics. Remember when looking for a Pattern, that they come in different sizes.
If you do decide to make your own Outfit it’s always handy to have someone you can turn to for advice. I am available to assist with any issues you may be having regarding your Medieval Garments. If you need help with anything you can email me via the ‘Contact Us’ page here or Private Message me on Facebook.