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These are to provide goals and direction for Guild costuming, and have been designed to give our group a distinctive and authentic appearance. New purchases must be made in accordance with Guild requirements, but older costume elements that don't meet these guidelines may be "grandfathered" if acceptable - so don't panic! Existing costume should gradually change to meet these new standards, depending on the guildmember's rank, finances, and interests.
Women's costume is English from 1580-1600, unless an earlier (1540's) look is required. Material should be natural - cotton, linen or wool in browns, greys, tans, burgundys and greens. Costume quality should match rank -- soldier wives' and suttlers clothing is simpler than that of upper-class women. Cross-dressing is fine, just be sure to wear full men's costume, including doublets, breeches, and hats.
Women's clothing consists of: white shift, bodice, skirts, stockings and shoes, and a biggins, scarf, coif, and/or a hat. Tankards should be wood, leather or ceramic, and pouches relatively plain. Leather should be natural brown rather than black if at all possible. Officers wives are wealthy women, wearing fancy bodices and skirts in richer colors like black and crimson, higher-quality shifts with lace collars and sleeves, and nicer pouches and shoes.
Recommended Online Merchants
|American Fencing Supply in SF.|
| Age of Chivalry carries some approved costume pieces
- see Chemise and Bodice above.
| Renstore.com also carries some approved costume pieces
- see Skirts and Bodice above.
|Softspots Moritz shoe (comfy!)|
|By The Sword Footwear (OK but kind of tacky...)|
|Sally Green Costume (UK) - affordable chemises, skirts and bodices|
Hatcrafters - an ASTOUNDING selection of hats -
the Charles, Salem, Puritan & Quaker models are recommended
| Swordsmiths (UK) carries Armour Class weapons,
both 17th C "Hangers" are PERFECT Ren Faire soldier's swords.
|Syke's Suttlery has good musketry supplies and costume|
|Tentsmiths - US makers of period tents|
|Panther Primitives - US makers of period tents|
|Jas. Townsend - US tents, barrels, tall stockings, spectacles & more!|
|Loyalist Arms - Canadian Dealer, Matchlock & Doglock muskets on p. 2|
|Thorne's page on converting Desert Boots / Hushpuppies to period Latchet Shoes|
|Great Northern Trade Co - hand-forged gun and cooking tools|
|Albion Small Arms - matchlocks, wheelocks, and doglocks from the UK|