Since it’s come to my attention recently that I’m far from the only person here fond of re-enactment and similarly geeky pursuits, I felt it was time to recommend one or two resources of excellent costuming for the discriminating Renfairy, LARPer or Civil War lady of size. After all, dressing for a different time (or even world) is no excuse for failing to be superfantastic!
A personal favorite of mine for variety, historical accuracy, and attitude is Very Merry Seamstress. Why attitude? Because of this lovely note in the sizing section of their FAQ:
PLEASE NOTE: We will never charge more for plus sizes.
All people are created equally as far as we’re concerned and we see no need to charge extra,
no matter what size you are. All gowns require just about the same amount of fabric, and the same amount of work, no matter what the size is.
They make men’s clothes as well as women’s. Eras ranging from Medieval to Flapper era are covered, as well as pure fantasy clothes. The thing that really caught my eye the first time I visited their site, though, was their reproductions of gowns from Tudor-era portraits.
Many of you have seen this portrait of Queen Elizabeth I at roughly age thirteen when she was still Princess Elizabeth.
Now look at the Very Merry Seamstress reproduction of the same gown.
See why I think this company is a cut above?
The clothes don’t come cheap. The gown above runs $600.00, and that’s before you add in the farthingale, corset, bum roll, chemise, and a partlet if you choose to wear one with it. On the other hand, you can have a copy of Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch of the West costume for just $250.00.
Clothes are custom made to fit the client. Wedding parties are happily accomodated. Also, some outfits are available in both premium and slightly more budget-friendly versions.
Whatever the time or galaxy, there’s no excuse for dressing badly.