I could never have made this costume without the blood, sweat, tears, and fantastic blog posts of many costumers before me. I’ve included a list below of helpful people and their blogs.
Extreme Costuming’s Elizabethan Women Post – great comparison of social classes!
Drea Leed over at www.elizabethancostume.net has compiled a phenomenal resource for anyone interested in the time period. I used several of her tutorials
It’s always interesting to look at other fair and reenactment group websites to get a feel of what they require of their cast. This one was useful to get a feel of the parts of a costume. Keep in mind that many of those groups are really hard-core about authenticity, and you can choose how closely to follow them. A talented seamstress who works at Kentwell House in England made an accessible blog detailing how she made her own costume to those standards – check it out!
If you’re drafting your own bodice with or without a skirt and want that classic wench look, check out the Semptress’s Ren Wench Bodice Pattern tutorial, written by the very talented Missa. I found it more useful for making my kirtle and hybridized it with Drea Leed’s tutorial. When you’re ready to sew it together, Missa has a tutorial for that too.
Morgan Donner, who is generally awesome and does inspiring Italian costumes
For inspiration for colors and shapes, check out Ekaterina’s photographs!
I also follow Ekaterina’s Pinterest Board of Working-Class Women’s Costumes – it’s wonderful inspiration.
As I’m looking forward to making my noble gown using Simplicity 3782, I love Emily Hasting’s blog post at Realms of Legend about how she made hers! It’s super helpful!