RE: [SCA Newcomers] Huzahh, I Finished my first Tunic, and Cape
- Most period garb was from wool or linen. Out here we use a lot of cheap
cotton, like broadcloth for tunics and pants.
Sheets are great because they are cotton. (which, there was cotton from
Egypt back then, sent on the trade routes from the Holy Land) Muslin is also
really good, unbleached muslin is fairly cheap. Ultrasuede is good and so
are fake furs. If you have a Joanne's Fabrics (or other local fabric
store) get on their email list and get their coupons, they always have some
great deals. Also check out upholstery fabric stores, they always have
For something a little fancier, panne velvet is a cheaper velvet if you can
get it in the right weight.
There are some excellent historical patterns here: and Simplicity and
McCalls have just last year and this come out with a full line of costume
patterns that can be adapted easily and not be too far oop. Unless you have
a garb Nazi looking over your shoulder you should be able to get some good
stuff out of them.
Simplicity Pattern # 3638 for drawstring pants and tunics
#8587 has an arming cap, pants, tunic, shortcape and gilliebrogues as well
as some other peasant garb
#4942 has some nice overtunics and boots.
#0614 Has Capes and cloaks
McCalls Pattern #M4805 is hats
These sites have Historic Patterns and fabric...also, check out ebay!!!!
You might want to check out this book
I agree that Wal-Mart has great deals!!
Hope this helps.
From: Oakes, George
Date: 12/4/2007 9:33:01 AM
Subject: RE: [SCA Newcomers] Huzahh, I Finished my first Tunic, and Cape
I know sheets while they make good cheap garb, are not period as far as
the cloth is concerened.
What would be a more period cloth substitute that one could still get
from a place such as this(thirft store/goodwill). I looked at curtains,
but most are made from similar "sheet" type cloth.
And as I am new to the sca, money is a very important factor in this
hobby/lifestyle and I have been put on a pretty thin budget for the SCA,
by my financial advisor, a.k.a. my wife/spouse.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Carrie McGinnis
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 2:00 AM
Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Huzahh, I Finished my first Tunic, and Cape
Congratulations and good work! I also practice new patterns and such on
sheets from my local thrift store. I find that it is extremely
it hurts less if I make a mistake, and besides, they're just so darned
to touch! :-)
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- --It's great that you were able to find many treasures to make your
garb with. A couple years ago through an associate,I was shown how to
make a t tunic dress with a couple different types of sleeves. I made
myself one and one for each of my daughters. My oldest daughter at
that time thought they were awesome.(We attended an event only this
one time)...... She is a very newcomer(2 weeks) to the whole SCA
thing that I didnt know until recently that she has been going to
meetings and fighter practice for archery. She quickly realized that
the type of sleeves of her dress got quite in the way of the bow
string. So off we go again to make a proper garb for her new
interest. We are hoping we have it sewn by Jan. 26th. Wish us luck.
Thanks .- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "George" <goakes@...>
> greetings group,
> This newcomer, has finished his first Tunic, and Cape. By cruzing
> thrift store, and the good will store, I was able to locate fabricon
> the cheap! A large round green tablecloth was easily turned into aplaid
> cape, and a Green cotton queen sized top sheet is the tunic. The
> fabric was a set of cloth curtains which I cut into strips for thetrim.
> A sewing machine found on Freecycle, and some thread, needle,
> and pins, from Michaels completed the list of items required tomake
> this garb. I posted pictures in the photos section, under Gavinfrom
> Kinkade's Tunic and Stuff
> I also made the Chainmaile coif last month by purchasing materials
> TheRingLord.com, I used Bright Aluminum for the coif so it wouldn'tbe
> to heavy, and hurt after a day of wearing.can
> Now to find some more period fabric...
> It is real simple once you get started, newcomers be not afraid!
> If a 40 year old man, who never used a sewing machine in his life
> make a tunic, so can you :)
> Peace all
> Gavin Kinkade
> Barony of Marcaster