From: cam19552001 <cam19552001@...
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2003 10:29 AM
Subject: [SCA-Garb] Re: "Period"
>Thank-you so much for that clarification! Truth is I chickened out of
>my first SCA event (a Barony tourney) because I just found out that
>my leine was not realistic for ANY period! And I had no head covering.
>I'd read so much here about the importance of accuracy, I guess I
>psyched myself out.
those sort of faults are minor for a first event. for my 1st event I wore a
long skirt & white blouse, I was aware that it wasn't period and told people
so, but everyone was kind & assured me that my next try would be better, it
wasn't all that bad, other people had worn equally bad or worse attempts to
their first event etc. 90% of people will be nice if you approach them with
a smile & tell them that you're new. and of those other 10% most of them are
just don't know how to give constructive criticism, they're probably trying
to be helpful but aren't all that good at expressing their helpfulness
without being misunderstood.
Don't be scared off, we go on about the importance of accuracy because we
like it and we try to instill that advice in new people too because often
they will make something & then decide later, when they've done more
research, that they don't want to wear their first garb because it's not
period. In which case they've wasted their time & money.
Go along & enjoy yourself and the non period Leine (that's the Irish chemise
right?) won't scare anyone off, they've seen worse (& if it is a chemise
then most of it will be covered anyway). The lack of head coverings can be
fixed easily. I don't know much about Irish clothing but I seem to recall
something about a foreigner exclaiming about the Irish women's lack of
veils. & of course there are periods where unadorned hair in various forms
of braiding or pinning are fashionable. or just get 1/2 a metre of white
cotton or linen & make a veil (square or circle, it doesn't matter) it's
really quite easy.
hope this helps
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