if he wants to be from a time period that looks like his idea of a "knight"
then look at his books, story books, etc for what type of clothing will make
usually its mid to late period and something like Landsknecht, or
alternately early period Celtic...
of course in the SCA "knight" is a specific title of rank, and you have to
*earn* that.. and it is irrespective of period or garb.
for a beginner I really recommend that you start with a short tunic, and
simple pants.. because if well made these can be dressed up or down, and
look good. and can be *used* for the rest of your SCA life.
paired with a truly feathery hat, or nice hood with dagges they can be showy
as all get out...
tucked into a belt, with solid shoes, and you can shovel out muck and wade
through mud and still wash them right up....
I suggest starting with either a good linen, or a very lightweight
wool.....but heavy cotton will do fine to start.
your next item can be a hood, very good looking, quite "knightly" and if
made well, also usable for life. (and more convenient than a cloak in the
I suggest you hold off on the cloak unless you live in very cold climates,
as the amount of fabric and sewing can be off putting, but you can make a
hood or capelet from even expensive materiel because so little is used!
after that? a sleeveless surcote (basically a vest that is made long) can be
a good wardrobe expander.. easy to sew, uses very little fabric, so you can
get nice fabric for it....can be open or closed in front, and looks very
much like most of the "prince" illustrations in my old story books.
garb on a budget is DOABLE.... especially for guys.
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