Stardew Valley is a beloved farming simulator game set in a tranquil, coastal town full of mystery and magic. Tailoring your own clothing is one of the most rewarding in terms of visual changes to the game. The passing of seasons is an integral part of the gameplay of Stardew Valley, and having lots of outfits lets you change your look every time a new season sweeps over the landscape. To help you on your fashion journey, we’ve put together this Stardew Valley clothing guide!
You can dress up as outlandish characters like a pirate or a dinosaur, or try to find a blend of items that gives you the classic farmer look. Today, we’ll be breaking down everything you need to do to get your sewing table operational, along with some suggestions on the rarest and most interesting clothing options that you can tailor yourself.
Let’s get started!
Getting Started With Sewing
Your first goal is acquiring a single piece of cloth. Getting any cloth at all prompts Emily to meet you at your house the next day, where she’ll give you access to her sewing table.
In order to get cloth, you’ll need to produce some yourself, starting with sheep’s wool. You’ll have access to sheep once you’ve gotten a deluxe barn, the second barn upgrade from Robin. Alternatively, you can upgrade your coop into a Deluxe Coop for access to rabbits that produce less wool more often.
Getting a deluxe barn or coop is one of the first big tasks for new farmers in Stardew Valley. It costs somewhere around 34,000 for a coop or 48,000 for a barn after all your expenses have been accounted for. Since the coop is significantly cheaper, players who want to rush their way to tailoring might want to start there.
After acquiring your wool-producing animals, you need to make a loom to process the wool into cloth, with a chance of the cloth multiplying whenever you use higher-grade wool.
Alternatively, you can also get ahold of pieces of cloth by placing soggy newspapers into a recycling machine. The mummies you can encounter later in the game in the desert also have a chance of dropping cloth, but by the time you encounter them, it’s unlikely you’ll need more.
Getting Your Own Sewing Station
Of course, with everything else being accessible right around your own farm, you’ll likely want to get your own sewing table right in your own house. High-level farmers in Pelican Town tend to turn into wealthy hermits who only occasionally leave their own property to distribute gifts to the townsfolk, and there’s no reason your tailoring habit should end any differently. Luckily, Emily is willing to share an exact copy of her own sewing machine if you do her a big favor.
The special orders board is relatively new to the game, and you can use it for larger collection-based side quests right in the middle of town. One of these is Emily’s “Rock Rejuvenation” request. Filling this special order requires you to give her one each of a Ruby, Topaz, Jade, Emerald, and Amethyst.
Unlike many other special orders, you can actually have these gems already lying around before you accept the order, but the Mines are a great place to look for them too. Completing the quest nets you your own sewing table, which you can place anywhere inside your farm. Make a special shed next to your wool barn or coop and fill it up with looms and fresh cloth!
How To Use A Sewing Table
Whether you’re using the sewing table in Emily’s room or on your own farm, the mechanics are the same. Insert one piece of cloth along with some kind of item, and the sewing table will show you what kind of clothing you can produce by combining them together. More rare and useful items are likely to produce more and more extravagant clothing.
You can’t produce boots or shoes at the sewing table (more on that in a moment), but you can create most of the other clothes in the game here at the station. It’s worth noting you can’t sell clothing anywhere in the game as of yet, so be cautious not to waste expensive ingredients on items you don’t intend to ever wear, as you won’t really be able to do much with excess clothing.
Experiment with all sorts of items, including various kinds of food dishes, to see what comes out of the sewing table. In general, the output of the station will be related to the nature of the input you give to the table. Fish will tend to give you fishing gear, while monster loot will give you tough-looking clothes.
Boots and Shoes
Aside from rings, boots and shoes are the only clothing items in Stardew Valley that have any actual effect on gameplay. Every other item is purely cosmetic, not providing much of anything otherwise. Boots, however, can raise your defense and immunity, letting you avoid taking as much damage from hostile monsters in the harder combat areas of the game.
You can use the sewing station to mesh different kinds of shoes together, allowing you to change the cosmetic look of your shoes without losing the superior stats of the better items. Simply place the item you wish to be absorbed on the top right-most section of the sewing menu, and the other item will hold its shape.
How To Dye Clothes
When you first unlock the ability to sew clothes, you’ll also be able to dye them. A certain number of clothes have portions that you can dye in different colors. The dye itself is made from various wildflowers and other items with very obvious coloration. You can add these items to the clothes themselves at a sewing station, or to the dye pots next to Emily’s sewing machine. These pots let you dye multiple items of clothing at once.
Only some items can be dyed in Stardew Valley. You’ll need to experiment with a bunch of different gear to see which ones and what parts can change color! Matching your outfits to the seasons gets easier when you can pick what color each item is. You can dye outfits as many times as you want, so you can even dye some to fit in with particular holidays.
Rarest & Most Interesting Clothes
Tailoring isn’t the only way to acquire clothes. Some can be dropped from monsters, found in strange places across the world of Stardew Valley, or traded for with rare materials. Collect all of these to have some different outfits for every season or event!
This hat looks just like the hat worn by the Witch that periodically flies over your farm. A great choice for Halloween, you can get ahold of this hat by putting a “Golden Pumpkin” from the yearly harvest festival into your sewing table.
The trashcan outfit is technically two pieces of clothing that come together to make a fun outfit for your devoted farmer. It consists of a trashcan shirt that you can craft at the sewing table using recyclable fishing garbage like broken CDs and a hat that looks like a trashcan lid and takes a little more time to acquire.
You have a very small chance of finding a trashcan lid hat every time you go through someone’s garbage can after you’ve already searched a certain number of them! Searching through trash cans might look bad, but it’s always worth it here in Pelican Town.
Dark Bandana Shirt
The dark bandana shirt is one of the coolest shirts in the game, making a very epic look for your farmer while they slash or shoot their way through the more difficult combat areas of Stardew Valley like the Skull Cavern. You can dye the bandana on this shirt different colors to help coordinate with the rest of your farm.
Haunted Skull enemies can drop this shirt, but you can also make it at the tailoring station out of truffles or truffle oil. You can acquire truffles by owning pigs and searching for the truffles they dig up overnight.
You can get ahold of this goofy-looking mask by putting a blobfish into your sewing machine. Wearing this to a wedding or out to many of the more serious cutscenes in the game can produce some very fun imagery if you already like the look of the blobfish.
You can only catch a blobfish by engaging with the submarine fishing minigame during the Night Market holiday. Ride it on down to the bottom of the ocean and grab yourself one of these silly creatures to turn into an equally silly mask!
Magic Cowboy Hat / Magic Turban
You’ll only have access to the Magic Cowboy Hat or Magic Turban once you’re able to travel out to the desert on the bus. Once you get out there, look for a shop where you can trade Omni Geodes for various items. Two of the most expensive items you can trade for at this shop are these cool hats, each of them trading for 333 Omni Geodes.
They glow with the power of Prismatic energy, cycling through different colors as you stare at them. You can only buy the Cowboy hat on odd-numbered calendar days, and the Magic Turban on even-numbered days. Get ahold of more Omni Geodes by going into the Skull Cavern or Volcano Dungeon. You can also buy three per day from the Desert Trader on Wednesdays, or one from Krobus on Tuesdays.
And of course, the most valuable clothing of all is an outfit made of Prismatic material, shifting colors gradually across a spectrum and flaunting your superiority over Stardew Valley. These are the rarest clothes in part because you need to spend a Prismatic Shard at your sewing table to make them, and also because you only get one random piece of clothing each time you use a shard.
All in all, there are five items of clothing: two different pairs of Prismatic pants and three different Prismatic shirts. Collecting them all will require a lot of time and luck, but it’s worth it to show off in multiplayer modes if you really want to stand out as an elite farm owner.
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