Re: [Authentic_SCA] looking for suggestions
- personally I vote for Italian 15th century. The clothing is easily made (I
can turn out a completed bodice in half an hour - the pleating of the skirt
takes a bit longer).
Depending upon how much of the century you chose to depict, men's clothing
goes from floor sweeping tunics to the waist length doublets and tights (ala
I am a ~ Fluffy ~ woman (becoming less so, but it comes off MUCH slower than
it went on!) and can make a decent Italian gown out of about 4 yards of 45"
fabric. At 5' 2", even 45" fabric will need some trimming in the skirt (or
hems of 6-8"...), which leaves enough for covering hats, piecing out
sleeves, etc. The bodice takes less than 1 yard, and I usually line in
either muslin or linen.
It's cooler in summer, easy to get in and out of, one bodice pattern results
in several different looks dependent upon lacing placement (front, back,
side). There are several good places on the web for instructions on making
I believe the Simplicity men's cioppa pattern is still available, and it
gives the correct look - altho the upholstery looking fabric looks odd and
the hat definitely needs work.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gillis" <webminister@...>
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 11:20 AM
Subject: [Authentic_SCA] looking for suggestions
> I am spearheading an effort within our Shire to create a "living history"
> display/encampment for demo's and eventually build into an authentic
> encampment for events.
> The project is going to focused geographically and time. The idea will be
> for everyone to be of generally the same country/area or very good reason
> why someone of a different nationality would be there at that moment. We
> would like anyone who walks up to the encampment to have a reasonable
> impression of what could have been happening at that moment in time. And
> everyone within the encampment staying in persona.
> I am requesting suggestions regarding a time period that would be
> to many people and possible reasons why this particular group would be
> traveling or gathered.
> Some potential constraints :
> *Costs - As usual, one of the first complaints is always potential costs
> involved :-)
> *Temperature - We are located in South Florida and the heat and humidity
> take its toll in the warm months.
> *Non-combat - we would prefer not to have a combat theme (making authentic
> armor and weapons would push the budget out of site)
> If you would prefer to email me directly that too is welcome at
> gillis@... (in case yahoo changes that address, it is gillis
> AT Sangredelsol DOT org)
> Sincere appreciation for brainstorming,
> Dan / Gillis