I'm seeing a trend where it's hard for many of us to consider the necessity of 15 yards for staying warm. Why? Because we're from the warmer parts of the country where the coldest we get is at Gulf Wars and that hasn't even been cold the last two years.
My suggestion for keeping warm and trying to be period is focus on the underclothes for warmth. When I was preparing for my first Gulf Wars, I was told that many wear fleece pants under dresses or Flannel underdresses under Cotehardies.
As for cost effective outers...coupons and bargin hunting online might be just your thing to finding appropriate material within your budget. Hancock Fabrics and Joann's are two places that have frequent coupons for 40% to 50% off regular priced fabric. http://www.fabrics-store.com/%c2%a0is
where you can get Linen at pretty good prices, especially when they have their sales. I've also lucked out on eBay for velveteen...I once got 6 yards of 60" cotton velveteen for $6 a yard.
Also with later period dresses, I use DUCK or Canvas for my bodice lining and not only does it hold all of me in (and I'm no little lady), but I actually went without a cloak at Gulf Wars which got down to the 40s last year at Gulf Wars. For one of the evening get togethers at Gulf Wars this year, I made a tafetta dress and lined the skirt with fleece for Gulf Wars and I sweated.
Hope this helps. :)
Yours in Service,
Lady Amira de Medici
Deputy Minister of Children, Kingdom of Trimaris
From: Susan B. Farmer <sfarmer@...
On 4/2/2012 12:54 AM, spiritrealm83@... wrote:
> Again as I have said it was not for historical accuracy it was for warmth....
apologies if I'm confusing threads, but didn't you say that you were
wanting to move into more historically appropriate/authentic attire?
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