Costume making is not exactly a unique skill, so help me to offer something that is useful and interesting to visitors in October. I'd appreciate anything you have to say on any of the following subjects!
- - I think I saw a lot of men at the two fairs, but most of the other costumers seemed to have all women's clothes with the odd token jacket here and there. Is there a shortage of provision of men's costume, or are they getting it from other sources?
- Popular periods: Is costume interest sharply concentrated in certain areas of history, or is it broader? What periods should I be careful not to neglect - and are some a turn-off (Edwardian, for example)?
- Class: my uneducated impression is that there are a lot more lower/middle class characters in living history, but I saw multiple offerings of fancy, colourful upper class clothing. Is everyone making their own lower class stuff and buying the upper class stuff? Are the silks needed - is there too much of this? Do we need more good quality lower/middle class stuff?
- Many make their own clothing, but are there *individual garments* that many prefer to invest in? What are they? Do people prefer to buy the boring stuff (eg underwear, smocks) or the hard stuff (eg corsetry, tailoring), or something else?
- Which re-enactors are likely to spend the most money/effort on clothing?
- What do you think about the quality of the clothing currently on offer?
- Is there general satisfaction with the costume offerings, or is something missing? Is there something that people have trouble finding, some garment/period that everyone's afraid to try? Is there a surplus of something that no-one really needs?