How to Make Medieval Dresses at Home

By Tracy Morris

Whether you are spending the weekend at a Society for Creative Anachronism event, participating in educational reenactment or spending a day at a Renaissance fair, you want to blend in. The first rule for blending in is to ditch your modern clothing. You don't have to go around naked, but a reasonable attempt to dress in the Medieval style dress is required. Fortunately, you can put together a Medieval dress with little effort. Follow these steps.

Using the tape measure, measure the length from the top of your shoulder to the ground. Take a length of dress fabric equal to this measurement and fold it in half lengthwise. Lay this fabric out on a cutting surface.

Lay a shirt in your size on this fabric. Line up the folded edge along the lengthwise center of the shirt. This will be your pattern for cutting the dress out

Cut a line from the arm hole of the shirt out to the opposite bottom corner to cut out the skirt. This will define both your skirt and the pointed, bell sleeve.

Using the front neck hole of the shirt as a guideline, cut a neck hole for your shirt. Repeat this procedure for the back.

Pin the front of the dress to the back of the dress inside-out. Sew together all the seams and hem all the edges. Slip the dress on and belt it in place using a leather belt.