--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com
, Vicky Eisenstadt wrote:
> Why not start the new participants off right, and show them the extant
For people like me with a 16th century focus paintings and extant garments can be a good option but that doesn't work for something like Viking where there isn't an intact surviving garment that we can show people (just fragments) and the artwork is not realistic. This is why when people are completely new to the SCA and don't know what they want secondary sources are really what they need. I created a pinterest board of good quality reproductions of outfits for those who find it easier to understand a photo than a drawing (if you're interested it's at http://pinterest.com/magpiec/what-shall-i-wear-to-the-feast/
and I'm always happy for people to refer me to more sources, especially for eras that are not well represented, e.g. the 13th century is currently very sparse and male outfits even more so). The upside of pinterest is that you can easily put images up with a link to the source (which is often a costumer's blog with details of how the garment was made) the one downside is it's difficult to organise pictures once they are on a board they are on there in the order they were added, I would prefer to organise it by era but there isn't a way to manually reorganise the pictures.
The benfit of a book of good line-drawings is that it works at events or other situations where you don't have access to the internet and it doesn't have the bias of costumer fashions (there are a lot more people interested in making landsknecht clothing than the clothing of an ordinary farmer of the same period).