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Date: 4/29/14 5:14 PM

OK, so I am a teacher and at my new school, my grade has a "Medieval Festival." I have to wear some sort of costume.

I have massive, major issues with this. I will save you from my rant about the "heroes and holidays [and costumes]" teaching of history...

In any case, since I have lost this battle, I need help finding some sort of medieval costume. I am plus-sized and would strongly prefer something that uses up the 400 yards of knit velvet panne I have from Joann's.

While my teacher heart would like this to be historically accurate, my "I will likely only wear this once or twice and don't want to spend much on fabric" self says it doesn't matter so long as it "looks" medieval.

Any help?

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Date: 4/29/14 5:29 PM

Simplicity 1771 goes up to XL, and is billed as "medieval"

Simplcity 1771

Doesn't use knit fabric, although I think the cloak would be fine in that.

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Date: 4/29/14 5:32 PM

The size range is higher for Burda 7468...link

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Date: 4/29/14 5:40 PM

There are some really cool "draft to your measurements" medieval (and similar) costumes online.

I thought I had some pinned on Pinterst, but can't find them! Oops.

Anyway here is one - Elizabethan Smock Pattern Generator

And I've seen some cool DIY costumes with instructions (for SCA/RenFair) on DeviantArt, too. Just can't find the stupid Pins! LOL

If you prefer a Big 4 Pattern, B4571 is pretty and has good reviews. The same for B4827, S9891, and S4940

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Date: 4/29/14 6:00 PM

The way that is easy, historically accurate, and uses the minimum amount of fabric is to make a t-tunic in long dress form. Completely accurate for early period medieval, just change the sleeve length/tightness, or add buttons or lacing as needed.

Here is an example with a cutting diagram: t-tunic "pattern"

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Date: 4/29/14 6:09 PM

Simplicity 1771 (the Hobbit ensemble) doesn't really look medieval. The Burda pattern--especially the red view!--is very good. Burda 7171 isn't medieval either (unless you are very very generous and stretch your definition of "medieval" to include the Cranach era...), BUT it would look good in the panne!!

A proto-Tudor/transitional era gown would also use up a lot of yardage, look OK in the panne, and be forgiving fit-wise: http://www.modehistorique.com/blog/?p=690 (And then would make a lovely robe to lounge about the house in afterward. Win win!)

The most "medieval" thing you can do to look more accurate is cover your head. Pin your hair up and pop on a veil.

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Date: 4/29/14 6:13 PM

wow, that's cool, Nikki, I'd almost like to make that for summer wear. So was (for example) 5 sewn to 7 along the sides, and 12 to 13, and so on?

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Date: 4/29/14 7:17 PM

Thanks, Nikki! That tee dress pattern may have solved my problems in turning a deconstructed Palestinian dress into a tunic.

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Date: 4/30/14 10:15 AM

Wow, thank you so much for all of the feedback!

I like the transitional gown, it's gorgeous! But I haven't done anything princess seamed yet (I know....I should) so I don't have a base pattern to start with. Still, that is prettttty and now I want to make one!

Some of the Big 4 and Burda ones are great, too.

Although I said I didn't care if it was super accurate, I'm leaning toward the T-tunic in part because of the Sweden connection. (Sweden was my first international trip (at 21) and my honeymoon spot (at 29).)

Also, I think I have a brown cotton that would work, I could practice gussets (which I've never done), and if/when I wanted to reuse the fabric, it would be in large, easy to use chunks.

Finally, I like the idea of looking like a more normal person when I know everyone else is going to look like they came from a higher social class.

Thank you!
-- Edited on 4/30/14 10:16 AM --

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Date: 4/30/14 5:39 PM

Well, if you're thinking medieval Sweden, you should check out Viking-era clothing! Here's a Pinterest search to start you out. The stuff is surprisingly gorgeous!

http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=viking%20apron%20dress

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