How to Make Medieval Women's Fantasy Costumes

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How to Make Medieval Women's Fantasy Costumes
Wearing medieval garb is perfect for renaissance fairs. (sasha and casey image by Earl Robbins from

Wearing the right garb or costume for your next renaissance fair appearance can make all the difference in the experience that you have at the event. Being a part of the fantasy of a renaissance fair is what makes it so fun. With a few basic pieces of clothing and some medieval accessories, you can be part of the fantasy.

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Things you need

  • Blouse
  • Bodice or corset
  • Dress or skirt
  • Belt or sash
  • Head wreath or tiara
  • Gothic jewellery
  • Boots
  • Cape

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    Find a dress or blouse and skirt. The dress or skirt needs to have a full, long skirt that is ankle-length or longer. The sleeves of the blouse or dress need to be full and puffy and preferably low-cut. The colour of the dress is optional but a solid colour is preferred over a patterned fabric.

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    Wear the corset or bodice over the dress or blouse to create a fitted look. Corsets can be as tightened or loosened for comfort and effect. Sash or belt the blouse or dress. Use a leather belt or scarf as a sash for an authentic medieval look. A sash or belt will define the waistline of the costume. If the corset or bodice gives the waistline enough definition, the sash or belt can be eliminated.

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    Put on a head wreath or tiara and gothic-style jewellery to accent the costume. Adding more jewellery creates more of a gypsy costume while less jewellery gives more of a royal look. Large hoop earrings, chains with large medallions and bangle bracelets are good choices for this costume.

  4. 4

    Wear lace-up boots. You want boots that look like they just walked out of medieval times to make the costume authentic. Lower heels are appropriate. Adding bells, ribbons or other accents to the boots will add a creative flare.

  5. 5

    Cloak the costume with a cape. A long-hooded cape is ideal but any long cape will do. If the weather is warm the cape can be eliminated and replaced with a shall.

Tips and warnings

  • These items can be found at a thrift, second-hand or costume store. You can also make them from one of many patterns available for medieval costumes. Costume rentals are available at many party stores.

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