Ok, with what you've said so far, I would suggest making a basic kirtle of some sort, and a smock to wear under it. The smock would be of rectangular pieces for the most part and is worn next to your skin. The kirtle is a one piece dress, made as a fitted bodice with an attached skirt. You can make it simple or make it of nicer fabrics. If you want to dress it up it can be the under dress to a specific gown style.
Since you are doing a renaissance faire, I'm going to steer you towards looking at Elizabethan info, since most renfaires are Elizabethan. Some do other time frames but since you said your local fair was doing a lot of fantasy this will at least give you a basic historical time frame to hook onto. You didn't mention being an actor, so if you are a paying customer you will not be required to follow whatever guidelines the actors must follow, and can do whatever you please (which may be why so much fantasy is at your local event).
I'd suggest looking at this web site to start.
Some of it is the author's own info, some of it is links to other locations, but it is focused on Elizabethan information. She also has a smock and corset generator to help you come up with your own patterns. I don't believe corsets were period except for high court ladies late in Elizabeth's reign, but that same pattern can be used to make a fitted kirtle bodice if you add in shoulder straps.
You might also want to look at my own web site in my tagline, as I have different costumes from Henry VIII's time to very late Elizabethan, from commoner to courtier.
I hope this helps to start. Feel free to ask more costume questions here or offlist.
Lady Joan Silvertoppe
A Gentlewoman's Accounts http://www.kimiko1.com
Tudor Lady's Wardrobe pattern.
On Apr 1, 2012, at 3:39 AM, Keadaru Sylverleaf wrote:
> I would like to be fairly historically accurate; however, at the couple of
> faires I have been at, there has been everything from characters such as
> Jack Sparrow, to elves, to Barbarians, and pretty much any different kind
> of dress. I didn't really find a specific theme.
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