Ahh, you have contracted the addiction referred to as "Garbaholism".
There are numerous sources of information regarding your particular addiction
on the web -- I've listed some of the ones I've found to be either useful
or interesting. Please feel free to let me know if there are any
that you know of and I'll be glad to list them.
You can learn how to make an custom
Elizabethan corset which can then be turned into a gathered
Laddies, you can learn how to tie a Great
Kilt for when you're feeling a wee bit Scottish.
The Auld Garb Monger's
Costumes for Manly Men has ideas for easy-to-sew male garments (check
out his simple cavalier
Simplicity Patterns has a website
with patterns, sewings tips and help on fitting (ladies, check out pattern
Looking for easy to make projects? Try making a pouch,
a shirt or
For the adventurous and those into true period stitchery, check out the
for 16th century Men's Costume from Germany link I stumbled across.
For a soft brimmed cap popular with many Elizabethan outfits, check out
If you're looking for directions on creating an Elizabethan Irish Dress,
check out The
Ladies, for information on adding those finishing touches check out Elizabethan
Ever wonder how they got that much volume in skirt of the period?
Check out this cartridge
Looking for instructions on making a pair of Duello
Gloves for fencing? Franchesca Havas has the answers you need.
If you're interested in creating authentic period shoes, check out Footwear
of the Middle Ages for some ideas.
For the irish out there, find out how to create an Irish
Learn the process of making a complete coat of chainmail, a chainmail coif,
chainmail weave patterns or learn the basic construction at Strangeblade's
If leather armor sounds better than wearing around an extra 30-50 lbs of
steel, check out this
Garbaholic, eh? Check out the nifty stuff I've created to show the world your addiction.
Clothing was an outward measure of social rank during the reign
of Henry VIII. Want to know if your garb would have pass the period
test? Check out the Sumptuary
Laws in Tudor England and see if you would have to suffer some rather
stiff fines. If you are still in need of some guiding by the "muses o'
garb", check out the Tudors
in Movies and Television site where they list movies filled with marvelous
garb ideas. Still craving more ideas from the silver screen? Check out
and 16th Century Costume Movies, which lists quite a few really great
For those who don't know a whipstitch from a zig-zag, the Purple
Unicorn has many wonderful handmade garments for a very modest price.
You can purchase a pair of Minnetonka
Moccasins from their website (the last pair I owned saw me through
Another very popular choice of footwear is Catskill
Mountain Moccasins - a little pricier, but from all accounts worth
Pendragon Costuming has
a selection of incredible creations at a very reasonable price range.
The folks at Moresca Clothing and Costume
do a fantastic job on their outfits. I've been known to drool in their
shop for hours. Check 'em out.
Village is a great place to look for trim (they have a huge selection),
costuming embelishments, books, utensils and much more.
If you're looking for the perfect gift for that favorite wench, renrat,
flirt or cad check out the guild pins and "sharp, pointy things" from Lundegard
For the very best in leather outerwear, you must check out the Potomac
Leather Company. Leather for any faire occasion -- I highly
Travel Clothing by Half Moon is a must
for cold days at faire; they carry wool and leather outwear to keep you
toasty warm (and extremely fashionable).
Chainmail is a girl's best friend. Don't believe me? Check out Kate
Cox Designs and try to argue the point.