Not sure what to wear? Well first of, let me tell you I'm a little disappointed, considering the number of times I've mentioned 18th century clothing. What is generally considered New France period (history is always somewhat opened to interpretation) is from 1608, the year when Samuel de Champlain founded Québec City, and 1763 when the Treaty of Paris ceded New France to Britain. Meaning New France went through kings Louis XIII, XIV and XV, which is important to know when planning the style you intend to wear. Of course, you might want to keep in mind that there were not many (if any) noble ladies in fancy dresses in 1608, but by 1750, Bourgeoisie had settled in.
You knew all that but you meant you did not know what style to choose? Fiou! You had me scared for a second. Fear not: the festival's website has thought of you. In the costuming section, and only in French for some reason, under Confectionnez, you will find a list of nine Free Patterns drawn by Fashion students from the 1997 and 1999 classes of the Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy - École de Mode. La Bourgeoise (The Noblewoman) by Isabelle Pouliot, class of 1997 L'habitante de Stadacone (Woman of Stadacona) by Nancy Boissonneault, class of 1999 Isabeau by Marie-Josée Rioux, Class of 1999 La Paysanne (The Peasant) by Yannick Auclair, Class of 1997 Katherine la Paysanne (Katherine the Peasant) by Julie Castonguay, class of 1999
Okay, so some are not terribly historically accurate, but a little fantasy never hurt anyone, I guess. (So says the person who wrote a post about bad LARP garb...) Besides, did I mention they were free?