>So there is an upcoming event that is themed middle eastern. I
>thought it be fun if I could find some info and patterns for simple
>garb. All the items I have found were 16th c. and not so simple.
>Does anyone have anything out there a bit earlier? I just wanted to
>have a bit of fun with it and keep it easy. This is will be one of
>those once in awhile things like my viking garb.
I'm not sure which Turkish you're thinking of, since there were
several significant Turkish groups within SCA period.
16th C. Persian is pretty simple. Unfortunately the Persian patterns
have not yet been published.
But i host Rashid's Persian patterns on my website. Main body is
rectangular, sleeves are simple trapezoids.
Men and women for the most part wore outer garments of the same
style. The hardest part is sewing on buttons and loop fasteners -
garment is simple, only the finishing can be time consuming.
has already published patterns for
Ottoman garb for both men and women. Ottoman garb is similar to
Persian, although there are some distinctive differences, especially
in the scale of the motifs on the textiles - Ottoman being quite
large and most Persian being fairly small.
If you want something simpler, there's 14th century Egyptian. Rashid
has some patterns based on archaeological finds, as published in a
scholarly book. I've made garb from my own patterns based on the same
Scroll down to "Egyptian Men's Clothing"
Both men and women wore the same clothing - there are existing law
suits between husbands and wives over who gets to wear a particular
tunic and when.
There's another tunic shape common in Arabic-speaking cultures. As
with the other garments, the central panel is a simple rectangle the
width of which is the measurement between your shoulder points and
the length is twice the measurement from your ankles to your
shoulders. Rectangular sleeves or trapezoidal sleeves (narrower at
the cuff), and 4 side gore pieces all the same size, two facing each
This is very quite to assemble - 1. sew the top of each gore to each
side of the underarm seam of the sleeves (that's four steps and you
will have two pieces - each is gore-sleeve-gore); 2. sew each
sleeve-gore assembly to the main body (two steps, just 2 long
straight lines) 3. cut out the neck hole; 4. sew from armpit to hem
and from armpit to cuff. 5. turn under hem and cuffs and neckline.
I think that Rashid as a version of this with the "Egyptian Men's
Clothing". The patterns there also include sirwal and a cloak.
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita