How to Make Medieval Dresses at Home

Make a drop-waist dress designed to fit your curves.
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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.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 4 to 6 yards linen, wool or other fabric made with natural fibers
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Shirt with sleeves in your size


  • For a more comfortable fit, the neck hole should not be slightly forward of the shoulders. You can make a more full skirt by sewing triangular gores into the skirt at the sides. You can also make a roomier bodice by sewing a diamond shaped gore into the underarm of your dress. Make a test run of your dress with cheaper fabric. This will help you avoid any mistakes with your dress fabric.
    Dress up your outfit by sewing trim onto the skirt and neckline.