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A kilt is a great idea if you are worried about the heat. Look in the Scottish section for trusted vendors. My husband's formal kilt from Scotland cost over $600. Would he ever wear it to faire? No! I'd kill him! From several vendors, you can get acrylic kilts -good for sitting on hay bales, the ground, or splintery wooden benches starting from $59. Even for a big man, they usually only add an extra $20 or so for the extra fabric needed.And all you need is a pouffy shirt, no doublet needed. Jos Townsound and sons has the kilt socks for around $10 a pair. My husband's calfs are 19" around, and they fit him. I'll try to find out the KC vendor and post it on here.
Linen. Linen. Linen. All the way for breathability. Linen wicks away the sweat from your skin. My favorite chemises are made out of a linen/cotton blend - awesome stuff. You can just wear a white linen tunic top with light colored linen trousers - there are plenty of illuminations and paintings showing men working out in the field with that and a straw hat on. Seriously this was a thing. It would keep you comfortable and look correct.
No, she is referring to what time frame in history and what country (Europe or elsewhere) you would like to look like. Every country and region had different styles. Styles changed greatly from the 1400s to the 1550s.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim PA runs August 1, through the end of October. Gina
A simple outfit for you would be a basic peasant shirt with a belt and some baggy pants or a kilt. The pics on renshirts are a good example. You could add a vest for a little upgrade or a doublet for a higher class look. You don't have to go for a specific time period, just having the right "feel" to the outfit works fine.
agree - start with the simple stuff and shop at faire. (I was asked once how I became an Earl - I said "just bought nicer clothes )
Greetings and well met! You're gonna have fun here!
Forgive me if I'm repeating anything , but after scanning your posts (I'm at work) I get the impression that you have never been to a faire before?
I would highly recommend you do that first, in mundane (street) clothes. Enjoy yourself. Look around. Check out the other folks. Decide what you want to be, and then decide how to do it. I don't recommend jumping in the deep end, when you aren't sure you know how to swim.; or even if you will want to learn. Dressing as a Noble and not ending up looking like a Halloween costume reject is not cheap. In fact it's too expensive for most folks, even those who are serious about going to faire in garb.
Oh the stories I could tell of those poor unfortunate souls who did wear the cheap Halloween costume rejects...and very much regretted it. Like the Lady who was told they didn't wear bras in period and the dresses were just tied tight enough to be self supporting...which doesn't work with poly panne velvet as she discovered after a long day in the sun and her neckline went from boat to navel (punny!!!). By 3 pm, various individuals were offering all sorts of sunscreens (way too late, she was redder than the dress she was wearing) and veils to help cover and prevent further sunburns. That dress was so stretched by the end of the day (and the trim was starting to fall off) that I'm sure it went straight into the garbage bag.
If you don't sew, garb is very pricey. Noble outfits are easily in the $1k arena if they are done well and with good quality materials at Faire. Online, you can find good ones for $500 new, $300 used. Stick with basics for now. White linen t-tunic and light colored trousers are you best bet.
Indeed, the outfits worn by my husband and I in my profile pic (now a bit different; also a work in progress) cost about $300.00 in materials to make; not including jewelry, hats, proper undergarments such as corset and farthingale (another $200.00) and accessories, like fans, boots and pouches.
A kilt is a great idea if you are worried about the heat.
Look in the Scottish section for trusted vendors. My husband's formal kilt from Scotland cost over $600. Would he ever wear it to faire? No! I'd kill him!
From several vendors, you can get acrylic kilts -good for sitting on hay bales, the ground, or splintery wooden benches starting from $59. Even for a big man, they usually only add an extra $20 or so for the extra fabric needed.
And all you need is a pouffy shirt, no doublet needed. Jos Townsound and sons has the kilt socks for around $10 a pair. My husband's calfs are 19" around, and they fit him.
Whoops! misunderstood THAT by a mile. Actually I don't really know, especially when it comes to the men's outfits. Women seem to be easier to pick out for, albeit something along the lines of those 'fairy' dresses. Not sure how period accurate they are, but I do see them all the time in movies:http://img1.etsystatic.com/013/1/5873598/il_fullxfull.450346841_260p.jpg
Honestly, I'd worry about a kilt if heat is a problem. A period correct kilt is normally about 6 or 7 yards of fabric - not exactly heat friendly. There is a reason they still wear them in the cooler weather of Scotland.A true wool kilt is going to be way too warm. I have yet to find anything acrylic that doesn't feel like peeling paint on your skin in the heat - not fun. Even a modern kilt - which what far too many people wear to faire sadly- is still a few yards of wool fabric.
For someone that has issues tolerating the heat, I really think the something like this but in linen is the way to go. That with a white tunic/shift top is something that can be added on to later but will look correct and be comfortable.
Okay, for her then, you are looking for a late 12th century/early 13th century dress with angel sleeves (or wide sleeves). They are really, really simple to make so you'll see a lot of them online. (One of my friends used to call it the cut and fold dress since all you do is cut this shape out on the fold of the fabric and sew up the side seams. Add some trim and you are done! You'll see a few on etsy and on ebay - again, natural fabrics are key.
The one you linked to is panne velvet and that's not fun after a few hours in the sun.
(I've mentioned before on the boards but I'll say it again, I've seen more people wearing synthetic fibers collapse from dehydration/heat exhaustion at faire or other events than those wearing natural fibers. Not that you can't while wearing cotton - it's just more common for people wearing poly-dead dino to overheat.)
It does kind of make you wonder why faire organizers hold Renfests in the dead heat of summer? I don't get that part. Don't they realize that the nature of the bulk of these costumes should dictate running fairs in cooler weather?
About the kilt. Bristol is during July and August through Labor Day. The usual summer temps range from the lower 90's to over 100 degrees, humidity between 90 to 95%. On those days, my husband specifically wears his kilt with just a shirt. Again, you wouldn't wear an expensive, 8 or 9 yards wool kilt to faire, but judging from the huge amount of guys at Bristol wearing kilts when it's hot, it seems to be their go to choice for the weather. Sure, an acrylic kilt is not wool, but even though it's acrylic, Steve finds it much cooler than wearing regular garb.
QuoteIt does kind of make you wonder why faire organizers hold Renfests in the dead heat of summer? I don't get that part. Don't they realize that the nature of the bulk of these costumes should dictate running fairs in cooler weather? Because schools out. :-) That really is the entire reason.
Also, I don't want to completely discourage you from wearing a great kilt if you want - they do look wonderful when done correctly. Just know they are wool and they are many, many yards of material. Now, since most of your heat loss comes from your neck/shoulders/chest area, you might be okay with a kilt. However, since you said heat was a problem, I wanted to make sure you understand what you are getting into.
Also, the more skin that is covered by hankyweight/lightweight material, the better you will be in the sun. The reason people in the Middle East cover up isn't just religious - it's because lightweight material helps to create a natural sunscreen like barrier between you and the sun. No sunburns! Also, the material will help keep the sweat off of you. You will be MUCH cooler with a long sleeves puffy white cotton or linen tunic/shift that with your regular t-shirt.
I don't think he is talking about wearing a great kilt. We are talking about a $59 Econokilt, which would be fine, since the family is not going for historical accuracy, and at this point, price is a huge consideration.Steve in Arizona last winter at 95 degrees in his kilt.
I understand and I mentioned modern kilts versus historically accurate kilts earlier. Still, if someone has heat problems, natural fibers are going to be the way to go (and are a good idea even without heat issues).
The Malificent outfit was wonderful!! Don't know about NYRF but she would fit in fine at any of the faires here in TX. If you want the family to match that is great, but you don't have to. My hubby always wears his barbarian/dwarf costume, my son is currently into knights tunics, and mine varies between fae, pirate, and gypsy depending on mood and weather. Don't think we have ever been looked at strangely for it. (If we were, I didn't notice!).
Most people get pouches that attach to belts to put your stuff in, you can find them all over the internet and at faire. Prices vary greatly depending fabric, style, size, and intricacy. Ladies can also use baskets or pouches with loops to hold on their wrist. But, you may also be able to find some pants with pockets, they will most likely be covered by your tunic anyway and its a modern convenience that no one would bat an eye at.
You already have lots of advice, but a little bit more! For you - Shirt in 100% cotton or 100% linen. Loose baggy pants (modern is fine to start) or kilt, belt with pouch to hold the necessities. HAT (trust me - hats are your friends!) - look for a straw hat, or make that your first purchase of the day. Footwear is usually expensive, so stick with whatever you have to be comfortable in.
For your wife - Shirt in 100% cotton or 100% linen. Bodice (which is the female top - sometimes boned - likely best to get this at faire to ensure fit. Long, loose skirt - or layer 2. HAT. Footwear as you find it. (Under floor length skirts, your feet are not as visible.)
I'm sure you will have fun! Watch the parking situation at the faire - if I remember correctly, it could be quite a hike in - or arrive nice and early, and pay the $10 to park in preferred parking, which is right across from the gate.
.... The only people who have to dress period correct (or as nearly as possible) are cast and sometimes venders.
Don't worry about 'fitting in' on your first few trips. Dressing up is half the fun, and you don't have to obey any 'rules' if you don't want to. Nobody is going to mock you.
Heck, you can go as Donald Duck and his Nephews if you want. We have more video game and anime characters than anything anymore. Just dress comfortably and enjoy yourselves at the shows. Take the opportunity to shop and observe.
As for pouches and bags-I used a plain suede 'messenger bag' style purse my first year in garb, until I could find a cheap pouch (which I still have). I took off the purse decorations that looked modern, and voila! I had something secure to hold my wallet, camera, sunscreen and eye drops (for dust).
Many faires do not allow weapons of any sort (even peace tied ones), so, before you invest in a nice sword or battle axe-check to see if it's OK to bring it in. Note: Just because there are vendors who sell the aforementioned weapons on site, does NOT mean you are allowed to wear/carry them while at faire. In this case-if you buy a weapon from an onsite vendor; you will have to pick it up at the gate as you leave. You cannot bring it back in. For example: KCRF does not allow any weapons to be brought in by patrons. At all. Period. I've seen them pitch a fit over an eating knife. You will have to leave it in your car. Only cast members are allowed to wear/carry weapons.
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