This is the challenge I'm having the hardest time with. You see, when it comes to my costumes I'm a bit of an elitist. I want to be a pretty, pretty princess and have very little interest in butter churny/campy follower type clothes. I blame much of this on growing up lower-middle class (and then poor once my parents divorced) in the ugliest decade of all: the 1970s. For those of you much younger then I am the 1970s styles may seem fun and goofy, all care free disco suits and flippy Farrah hair. Hipsters today wear 1970s crocheted vests and plaid pants and think they're being ironic and funny. But back then everyone wore that stuff - not the hipsters, but everyone else - moms, kids, dads, grandpas. Everyone. And it was not pretty.
And we didn't have much money so everything was cheap, ill-fitting polyester in primary colors with huge flowers, or crocheted and appliqued in shades of avocado and persimmon. It lacked the coolness of the 1960s or the sharp clean lines of the 1950s, it was bad, very bad. It was enough to make your eyes bleed.
And no, this is not Zach Galifianakis.
I pretty much looked exactly like this poor tot with the curled under pageboy in red pants at the top of the ad below, only I was blond and my home-cut hair was short enough that I was frequently mistaken for a boy. I usually wore my Toughskins with a Kmart turtleneck and one of my many hideous crocheted ponchos a distant relative made me similar to the one below, only much uglier and in avocado and persimmon.
If I ripped a hole in my Toughskins, which I did frequently, my mom would often patch them with a jeans patch of another contrasting color (usually avocado or persimmon) and embroider around the edge of the patch with yet another color. This might sound cool, but it made me look a bit like a Frankenstein boy-child on acid. I hated being so frumpy but that was all we knew back then.
So when I first saw things like Poldark and Lillie I was over the moon. My first love of historic costume was beautiful upper class gowns like the ones I saw on those shows. And I'm afraid it's remained that way ever since.
(and no, I didn't like Demelza's raggamuffin wear either, but her nicer clothes, like the riding habit above, I loved...
despite it being in avocado!)
So the red linen Spencer I'm planning will probably be as close as I get to peasant -
it is linen after all. ;)