With Northern California Renaissance Faire http://www.norcalrenfaire.org/ and other faires coming fast behind it, I thought I would start to work on some costumes for faire. I am going to focus on three catagories Wenches, Ladies and costumes for the Gents. I hope you like them!
The first point about faires is, you don't have to dress up, but you will always have more fun if you do! The Renaissance period started in Italy in the 1400's, with the height of the period landing in the late 1500's for the English. Though often confused the Medieval period is not the same as the Renaissance. The medieval period starts much earlier in the 400's and continued until the start of the Renaissance Era. Most faires focus on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/elizabeth_i_queen.shtml
Many people worry about the "period" correctness of their costumes, if this is your first time don't worry, wear what you like and have fun! Most faires do not stick to strict costume rules and the faires that do, do not hold guests to the same rules. If you plan on going back year after year or working then think about more correct or higher quality costume, because it will be worth it in the end.
These costumes are so much fun and you can wear them over and over for all sorts of costumed events. The best thing is almost everyone I know pulls out their "garb" at least twice a year!