I spent some time reading through the digest, then headed over to
answer this post in particular. Big surprise, right Justin? Smiles.
As for the garb, do not worry. My first garb was a simple T-dress.
The pattern is from the handbook that Justin pointed you to (the free
dl online), and over the past year + we've (aka I got a lot of help!)
have added to it, improving it's appearance, and otherwise making it
more decorative, but it's still the nice, cool, garb that I am so
happy to own! It took a couple of hours to make. Side note, do not
let folks chase you away from a sewing machine. In the beginning, it
is a good friend. I'm not good at sewing, cooking, or the like, but
the SCA has taken these and at least given me the desire to learn
As for the 8 year old, I am a single mom with a 6 year old. His name
is period (Ian, Eoan in those days), and he loves to come to events
with me ever since he discovered that knights beat on each other.
Now you and I know these folks are not knights--they're just
fighters, but to a kid it's magical. Clothing for a child is a
simple late t-shirt styled shirt and a pair of either shorts and dark
or leather sandals, or a pair of dark sweats.
One big draw in the kingdoms now is what is known as "boffer". It
enables children to beat on each other with the adults watching,
pleased. (Ok, ok. So it's a bit more complicated than that, but
that's how Ian looks at it, grins). Seriously, boffer is a training
program for discipline, rule-structure and following abilities,
defensive stance and defending yourself when attacked, and attacking
others. The core of the boffer is a sword that in our Kingdom is a
golf-tube wrapped in foam insulation and covered in duct tape and
strapping tape. These boffers are very popular with the kids who I
have met--they think they are cool. Your little one might be
interested in that.
If you have any questions about Boffer, reply and I'll send you the
links to the proper places of inquiry. :)
Welcome to the SCA, and welcome to the dream.
Lady Mary Henline
MoY for Alderford
> The 26th would be hard to make, it's coming up so fast, but I know
> we'd like to attend. Goodness, garb has just become more urgent! I
> may have to make do with the lower-middle-class Elizabethan.
> I'm in Jefferson City. The group here has been nothing but
> just don't blend in very quickly. I really must try to get over
> I hope I do make it to A&S. I'll try to locate you. (First to
> a sitter for the 8 year old who REALLY won't want to go to this!)