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1459Re: [SCA_Bellewode] Re:Fabric source/T-tunic pattern plug

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  • Harry Coburn
    Sep 2, 2008

      I remember the Wal-Mart in Kirksville having a large corner of the store devoted to fabric and crafts. The Wal-Mart up the road has 3 tiny aisles, and only a half of one aisle has fabric, mostly prints but some broadcloth and pretty thin at that.


      There is one exceptionally good fabric store in the middle of the city (lots of silk, pavillion material), but driving 90+ miles there and back I have to be sure of what I want before I go. I'm on the very outskirts of the city. (Acworth/Cartersville)


      Going with an early Saxon persona and not wishing to wear wool I've been trying to hunt out linen for a while, or at least cotton that wouldn't felt like crazy in the wash. I did have one undertunic made of linen and it was soooo comfy.


      Speaking of tunics, I'm currently making one using the pattern I mentioned earlier. When I'm done I'm going to make one without the center insets and play with the geometry . It'll be easy to readd them later if it really needs them. If I get the blasted cellphone to download pictures correctly I'll put them somewhere.

      Jacob the Singer

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Chris Lewis <pretzelbear@...>
      To: SCA_Bellewode@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, September 1, 2008 3:58:49 PM
      Subject: RE: [SCA_Bellewode] Re:Fabric source/T-tunic pattern plug

      The Wal Marts in KC, I know of 2 that still have fabric, and a dozen that have lost it.


      The rural stores are more likely to keep them, as they are the places where more people buy fabric.


      As Jacob is in Atlanta , it is likely he’s seen some close down as well.


      However, I feel the need to remind people that 100% cotton, non-patterened broadcloth, is actually  very very period.  In Italy/France, it was the highest form of fashion, as it came from the southern side of the Med, and was more rare – it was highly sought after.


      Not that I disagree about the use of Linen.  Owning some linen outfits, I am quite happy with the fabric.  But when college students can get 2 and 3 dollar a yard cotton, and it looks decent, I say get what you can afford J

      Just my 2 pfhennings worth.




      From: SCA_Bellewode@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:SCA_ Bellewode@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of E. Mallory
      Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 2:04 PM
      To: SCA_Bellewode@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: [SCA_Bellewode] Re:Fabric source/T-tunic pattern plug


      I have 'heard' rumors of Wal-mart closing down their fabric section for close to two years now, and both the Chillicothe and Brookfield locations are still getting new patterns, and fabric... not sure how accurate it is, but as rumors go, it's not a good one. Wal-mart has run so many of the smaller fabric places out of business, I've even seen Mennonite's shopping in Brookfield for fabrics... it's sad.

      if Wal-mart does close down their fabric section, at least in rural stores like out here in MO, I think they are really being stupid... there are quite a few people that rely on those low cost fabrics, and it isn't really going to be easy for them to find alternate sources for stuff at anywhere close to the same prices...

      even if the stuff is made in china, it does serve a purpose...

      However, on a much more positive note, Yes, I agree - Linen is a much more appropriate choice for most SCA garb, and hopefully the availability of it through websites such as the one you mentioned will help provide alternatives to the broadcloth, and other prints that are more anachronistic than historical :-)


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