Yesterday I posted about one of my favorite sites for historical reproduction clothing/fantasywear. Reader Margo contacted me and gave me a resource I hadn’t run across: her line of patterns for Renaissance clothing for both men and women. The women’s patterns are made to fit sizes from 2 to 30. The men’s go from 34 to 56. They cover everything from farthingales to doublets to standing ruffs and French hoods.
The patterns are based on proper historical research, and look quite accurate. What’s more, they come jam packed with instructions for sizing and sewing, technical illustrations, and discussion of the construction and materials in extant relevant pieces from the period.
Even though I don’t actually sew, I’m sort of tempted to buy these patterns just to read the documentation.
If you have any question about her ability or accuracy of research, just take a look at the designer in all her glory:
Then go visit her website.
Margo also tells me she’s starting up a new sister company with patterns for stretchwear for dancers. She plans to cover the needs of modern, jazz, ballet, and bellydancing devotees, and go up to at least size 32. If any of you out there are involved in any of these disciplines, Margo would really appreciate some feedback on what you’re looking for.
Come on, all you dancers! This is a chance to get in on the ground floor and tell the designer what you need, what you want, what you dream of, and what’s wrong with what you can already find on the market. Help a fellow Big Girl help you to live your dreams.