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DRESSING THE PART 6

For the Shrewsbury villager look, here are some ideas for Rapid Raiment and GoodWill Garb

FABRICS AND COLOURS

Think natural fiber fabrics with lots of texture like muslin, cotton, corduroy, light wool, linen, leather, twill, and even denim, as long as it’s not “blue jeans blue”. Keep to solid natural dye look colours in earth tones of faded blue, russet, brown, greens, yellows, etc. Strong coffee or tea makes a fine dye for white material that looks too clean or new. Our Villagers would have made their clothes last a very long time! Avoid prints or shiny surfaces. Try not to have two articles of clothing match in colour. Keep in mind that pockets and elastic had not been invented yet. Both are very handy, so be sure to try and disguise them! The best thing to remember is not that you are making a costume, but that you are making clothes to wear and be comfortable in. And never, never, use plastic material instead of real leather. It does not “breath” and will cause you great distress on a warm day

WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?

As infants and toddlers they wore a simple shift with a “biggens”, then were dressed the same as their parents.

MUFFIN CAPS, BAG SHIRTS AND SHIFTS



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Your First Pieces of Costume

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