There are several Renaissance costumes that are quick, cheap and easy to make. Renaissance peasant, gypsy and jester costumes in particular can be made from clothing from your closet or from thrift stores or can be easily sewn from a pattern. Here are a few ideas for homemade Renaissance costumes that are sure to get you some attention on Halloween.
Easy Homemade Renaissance Peasant Halloween Costume Ideas
To make an easy men’s Renaissance peasant Halloween costume, get a loose-fitting white or brown pull-over shirt. The shirt can have an open neckline, but it should not have a collar. The sleeves should be loose with gathers at the wrist. Also get some soft brown or tan pants to go with your peasant costume. Jogging pants should do if they have no logos or decorations on them. Add a brown cloth vest, black boots and a belt.
For an easy women’s Renaissance peasant costume, find a white blouse with ruffles and off-the-shoulder sleeves. Also get a long skirt and a corseted, lace-up bodice. Favor earthy colors such as rust or brown for your costume pieces. Put on the bodice over the top of the shirt and skirt. If you like, you can also add a slightly shorter overskirt to go over your full length peasant skirt. Get a soft Renaissance hat that matches the color of your dress.
If you don’t want to pay full price for peasant Halloween costume pieces, you can make homemade peasant costumes for cheap using a costume pattern. For a men’s peasant costume, use Simplicity pattern 3519. For the women’s peasant costume, use Butterick 6196 or Simplicity 5582.
Easy Homemade Renaissance Gypsy Halloween Costume Ideas
To get started making an easy homemade women’s gypsy Halloween costume, get a brightly colored full length skirt with a ruffle on bottom. Then get some colorful print scarves, a loose-fitting blouse and a corseted lace-up bodice. Use one or more of the scarves as an overskirt. Wear another scarf on your head. Place the bodice over the skirt, scarves and blouse. Add accessories such as large hoop earrings, gold toned bracelets and a gypsy necklace with lots of beads or pendants and tall lace-up boots. Carry a tambourine or fortune telling cards to make your gypsy costume complete. To save money, you can make some or all of your costume pieces with Simplicity sewing pattern 9966.
Easy Homemade Renaissance Jester Halloween Costume Ideas
To start making an easy homemade Renaissance jester Halloween costume, you could get a long shirt and attach four panels in different bright colors to the front and back. You could also make a jester shirt using a sewing pattern such as McCall’s 2814. Find or make a jester collar from triangular piece of cloth. Then get some brightly colored leggings or tights. Make an easy jester hat using this jester hat tutorial and pattern on the Kingdom of the Wetlands website. Attach bells or pom poms to the ends of the jester collar and hat.
If you like, stuff the hat with polyester batting to give it more volume. Buy some jester shoes with a curve at the toe or make them yourself using this easy tutorial from the Live Action Roleplaying website.
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