Added Oct 19, 2011
Robin Hood, Little John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Maid Marion, made with Butterick 5656 and “Elizabethan Costuming for the Years 1550 to 1580” by Janet Bigglestone and Carolyn Schultz. A bad case of poison ivy led to the creation of these costumes, since I was taking prednisone and couldn’t sleep. That gave me at least an extra 4 hours a day to sew. This project was the first time I had ever made hats, and they were really fun. I had been saving several large pieces of fabric for years, waiting to make the right costume, and also used several pieces handed down from my Mom. For trims, notions, and linings, I clipped coupons.
Robin Hood and Little John each have a lined cape, lined doublets, matching caps, cotton shirts, and leggings. The Sheriff has clothes from the same pattern: a velvet cape with matching hat, doublet, shirt, and leggings. Maid Marion has 2 gathered cotton skirts with a bumroll (worn like a bustle under the skirts), a vest with boning in front and eyelets for lacing, a shift with gathered neck, a muffin cap, and an apron.
Various cotton, cotton velvet, polyester lining, polyester knit for the leggings.
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