Added Apr 28, 2010
Chapel Hill, Nor...
Every spring, there is a huge Renaissance Faire in the very next town over from me, and every year more and more people go and have a lovely time in the imaginary village. Plus they sell roasted turkey legs! So this year I determined to go.
Faires are set in different times and places, and the authentic clothing of that setting would be the most appropriate thing to wear. This particular faire is set in the late 1600s in England, so when researching clothing I stuck to that period. I chose to make peasant clothing because I only had about 2 weeks to make everything. I did all of my research online, although there are several very good books on the subject in print.
This page covers only the men’s peasant shirt, but the overall project I undertook consists of the following elements:
male shirt thing
Needless to say the past few weeks have been a sew-fest, as the Faire is this coming weekend. My family is getting sick of all the fabric everywhere LOL but honestly these peasant style garments made of rectangles go together fairly quickly . . . .
This garment was by far the most difficult one to make besides the ladies’ bodice, and the one that took the longest. Gaaaa! I did not make a full-on, museum quality reproduction garment, but one that would appear to a casual observer to be fairly authentic. It has a collar and cuffs, and small machine button holes for the lacings because they didn’t have grommets yet. I bound the neck opening with a flat placket such as you might see on some islamic and Indian garments today. I used unbleached muslin instead of linen. The small neck opening is more authentic but I may make it lower later for style – you only live once!
unbleached handkerchief linen, unbleached linen, or unbleached muslin, leather cord or ribbon
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