Sometimes it’s a little difficult to get excited about the upcoming faire season, but not when you’re sewing costumes months in advance! This month we completed basic peasant costumes for a very nice couple. They were pretty please with the outcome and looked great in their new garb.
The pieces we made were:
- a collared shirt in natural muslin
- a brown linen flat cap
- brown linen trews
- a dark green linen jerkin with plain epaulets
- a banded collar shirt in natural muslin that has more feminine gathering into the neckline (but reduced bulk in the body) and a ruffled cuff (making it higher class than peasant)
- a full circle, six gored skirt in chocolate brown linen
- a custom pattern bodice in (reversible) dark green and rust linen with plain epaulets and tabbed skirting
These are the basic pieces for the peasant wardrobe, though women usually wear two skirts or an ankle length shirt and one skirt. Adult women also always wore some type of head covering (only young/unmarried girls and loose women left their hair down for all to see). Other basic items include a belt, shoes/boots, a belt pouch, eating knife, and mug. That’s all you need to be an English Elizabethan peasant – and likely all you had clothing-wise.