I’ve recently been thinking about making a Spanish colonial costume. What I would wear it to, I’m not sure. It’s super hard to find info on stuff like this. It’s just sort of a time period that’s not well known. I’ve seen lots of pics of living history museums and reenactments on that time, but none of them seem very historically accurate. Of course, who am I to say what is and isn’t historically accurate, not knowing myself what is? I’m just saying that it looks that way.
I’m thinking some sort of white or off white blouse with a colorful skirt and contrasting shawl.
The blouse should be fairly easy, I’ll just use a white or natural undyed muslin that can be bought at any fabric store. My sister is really good at sewing and can make her own patterns, so I’ll have her help me make one for this. I think I’m going to have it fitted in the bust and slightly gathered around the waist with puffy short sleeves. That’s the extent of my description.
For the skirt, I want to use a fabric called cambaya (pronounced cahm-bah-jah). It’s a Mexican fabric with a light, airy weave. It comes in any color you can think of and every single one has beautiful, colorful designs. I found some on Etsy for like $10.00, but only 1 or 1 1/2 yards. I think I’m going to need 3 yards. I think I’m going to have it about midcalf length and gathered around the waist. Super simple.
I was thinking about making my own moccasins (taos, to be specific), but then I would have to use real rawhide in order for them to really work and holdup while I’m walking around. I did look on Etsy for rawhide, but it cost a little bit more than I would like to spend, and buying them already made is also spendy. I might do some plain black flats, which are also historical.
In the way of colors, I think I have an idea of what I want to do. Say I make the skirt yellow (with colorful patterns on it, but the base color is yellow), than I would use a green scarf. If I did a blue skirt, than red scarf. There’s also another style dress that’s an option. It’s hard to explain what it looks like, so here are pics:
See how in all these pics, the dresses are white in the bodice and then the white continues past the sash into the skirt? I really love this style, and this would be my another option. Here’s the fabric I would use:
This fabric I found on Etsy being sold by UPGFabricAnnex . I think it would work perfectly for my use. If I were to do this style dress, I think I would use a navy blue shawl with black slippers. If I were to do the other style mentioned before (simple blouse with cambaya skirt), that’s more of a work outfit and would go better with moccasins than slippers.