16746Re: [SCA Newcomers] Question for newcomers
- May 1, 2012Heathyr, you'll need to let us know where you are located before we can help you. This is a world-wide list for SCA newcomers.
Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
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Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Question for newcomers
When & where is the next newcomers meeting.....new to the area but an old member.
Thanx Heathyr P
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On Apr 30, 2012, at 6:07 PM, Alison Choyce <greenfaere@...> wrote:
> Great questions! I am a costuming junkie, so I will jump in on this
> question. For starting out, it is easiest to go with basics. If you ever
> get into doing research yourself on your persona's culture, you may find
> more information than you think.
> Try to use linen and wool if you can (not everyone has the funds or a
> source, but it was used more than cotton, and in more places and times than
> Linen was used for underclothing, veils, coifs, shifts, undershirts,
> braies, etc. In the SCA we extend that to some of our outergarments as
> well, because it is so comfortable in summer in the US, and has the right
> 'drape' for period clothing. Try http://fabrics-store.com/ , they have many
> colors, the medium weight is good for most uses, and the 3.5oz or
> lightweight is great for lightweight shifts.
> Wool was used much of everything else, gowns, cloaks, stockings, hats, etc.
> Wool flannel has a basic tabby weave that used throughout period, and is
> available from many sources in a variety of colors. They did have a variety
> of interesting weaves in period, but those can be hard to get today,
> especially in a cost effective version. Try
> http://www.bblackandsons.com/and look under the flannel section.
> Silk was available to those who could afford it. And cotton was available
> but was more expensive than silk, and harder to get.
> There are a few books you might want to look into. One is titled Dress in
> Ireland by Mairead Dunlevy, and also the Warp Weighted Loom by Marta
> Hoffman, which will discuss fabrics that would have been available.
> As to colors, you might want to choose colors that look like they could
> have been gotten with a natural dye, florescents are, to my eye, a bit too
> bright. Fabric that we would call tartan or plaid today were certainly
> woven then, not in the current way of thinking that a certain pattern
> belongs to a specific family. Jacquard weaves were not possible until there
> significant innovations in looms and weaving around the 14th century. So
> tabby or twill (which can have many variations) were the weaves available.
> Good luck!
> Alison Wodehalle
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 4:37 PM, Kathy Fletcher
>> Sounds good, I can only add, that being a sort of newbie, I was, and still
>> am, looking for info on garb, style of course, but fabric more so. What
>> kind is best to make different pieces, can it have a print or stripe, what
>> colors are "tabu". How can i be sure it is appropriate? My particular
>> persona (I've been playing for a yr and half) is early Irish, so there's no
>> "painted" examples like for much later. I can't really tell from statues,
>> so where do you go for that kind of info? That may be too detailed, or
>> specific, for a 102 class. Has anyone ever done a garb 101 class????
>> And since I can't go to Pennsic this year, can I get a copy of your
>> handout, unless you might do it at WOW?
>> Thanks, hope I helped a little at least.
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