In a message dated 6/25/04 5:34:42 AM, cschutrick@...
<< For the slightly higher initial outlay, linen is of course the way
to go, but I really don't see a problem with making one's first few
garments out of cheap stuff, to see if one likes the style and the
SCA as a whole. >>
I agree totally here. A couple of cotton tunics are cheap, easy to make, and
will GET YOU TO EVENTS, where you can look at various styles, ask questions,
and decide what you actually want to spend money on. If it takes a while to
save up the money for the material you want, you still have something to wear in
the meantime. If you choose good colors and cover your head in a way
appropriate to the cut of your tunics, you'll still look better than a quarter of the
people in attendence.
My next step up from this, for someone who has money to spare, would be to
make a linen underlayer and wool outerlayer in a simple tunic shape, and then
repeat directions above. But if you're not sure that's the style you want, and mo
ney is tight, cotton is a good sensible way to start.
Do not beg. Do not refuse. Preserve. Bestow.
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