Last night Hubby and I attended a Settlers of Catan costume party and tournament. (We’re geeks, I know, but proud of it!) We really enjoy the game, and I like to dress up, so it was a perfect evening! I have always wanted to own a medieval gown (and an elven cloak, but that’s a story for another day) and this was the perfect excuse to make one.
Hubby decided to be the “robber” from the game. The robber is a grey playing piece in the new version of the game and black in the old, so we compromised and put him in a grey tunic with a black cape. I was lucky enough to find this fabric on sale for $1 a yard, so even with the cost of the pattern, this was one frugal costume! (and I think it turned out pretty well)
I decided I wanted to go as a settler of Catan, and so was in need of a medieval dress. I found a really soft cotton/linen blend in the sale bin at the fabric store which turned out to be perfect. I love this dress! It was so comfortable to wear, although people did keep stepping on the train at the back. I wonder how medieval women did it? I know they didn’t wash their clothes very often, and you would think the bottom of that train would get pretty dirty pretty quickly. For a night though, it was fun!
One of my favourite details is the laced-up back. I am actually considering creating some of my other dresses this way. It’s so much more fun than a zipper! If you want to know more about how I made the costumes, you can check out this post.
It was really fun to see some of the other costumes at the party. There were some strong-looking knights, a few trees, many robbers (with so many thieves in the room it’s a wonder the trophy wasn’t stolen!) and even a sheaf of wheat! The prize for the cutest costume definitely went to the newborn dressed up as a sheep.
It’s fun to be someone else for an evening. If you could dress up as anyone, or own clothing from any time period, who, or what, would it be?