I am a seamstress who specializes in Renaissance, Medieval and other costumes. I have been sewing for over 20 years and have been creating costumes for over 10 years. I have performed in Renaissance and Medieval Festivals since 1990. I also belong to The Society for Creative Anachronism, where I have been researching costuming and needlework and doing in-depth research on buttons during the Medieval and Renaissance time periods.
In 1998 I began selling hats at Medieval and Renaissance Festivals under the name "Renaissance Regalia". Renaissance Regalia made its debut at the Mid-Missouri Renaissance Festival (formerly known as Hamlet of Slater). It is a joint venture between myself (Elizabeth Schwartz) and Anita Wallace-Bautista.
You may either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for getting fabric and measurements to me or contact me by regular mail at:
Please contact me at least 1 month ahead of your deadline.
You might try any Hancock Fabrics or JoAnns Etc. in your local area. Many Hobby Lobby stores also have a limited fabric section.
The best fabrics to use for costumes are those that are natural fabrics --100 percent cotton, 100 percent linen, 100 percent wool, etc. If you are going to be outside, for your comfort, try to stay away from those that are 100 percent polyester and 100 percent rayon.
If you live near the greater Omaha, NE area, I would be more than happy to meet with you to help you choose fabrics.
Depending on how many costumes I have contracts for, and the style and amount of decoration on a costume, most costumes take an average of 5 - 10 hours. When you contact me about your costume, I can give you a better idea on how long it will take to make your costume and how much it will cost in addition to your fabric.
July and August tend to be busy months because of contracts for the Kansas City Renaissance Festival so plan on your costume taking longer than if you were to contact me in January.
Elizabeth S. Schwartz