> Where can I find sewing patterns for SCA costumes
I'm going to assume that by "costumes" you mean "clothing to wear at
S.C.A. events" and not "costumes that someone living before 1600 might
have worn to a masquerade, carnival, etc." If that assumption is
incorrect (and with the number of branches that have costumed
12th-night parties coming up, it certainly might be) let us know. For
future reference, most SCAdians refer to clothing for events as "garb".
well-researched patterns from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Margo Anderson's Historic Costume Patterns
> offers well-documented patterns for
Elizabethan upper class men and women and lower class women.
Burda has a reasonably accurate pattern for a sideless surcoat with a
matching underdress for women (number 7977)
It is also quite possible to make beautiful and accurate clothing
without a printed pattern. Newcomers are often encouraged to begin
with simple tunics, made using rectangular construction methods
were worn from the beginning of the core SCA millennium almost to the
end, all over Europe (with some variations in details like the shapes
of sleeves and necklines and the placement and type of trim). They're
appropriate to gentles of both sexes and all ages. (Anyone can wear
one floor-length. Male personae may also wear shorter ones.) They're
economical of fabric and easy to make and to dress up or down.
Tunics based on the finds classed as "Type 1" by Nockert are the sort
most commonly made in the S.C.A. There are online several good
articles on these, each with its own strengths. Jane Stockton's
"Getting Started with Tunics"
> is a good
overview of how one is put together, with information on plausible
colors and details you can vary to get a look you like. Reconstructing
History's "Your First Garb"
> takes a
slightly different approach to assembly, and has more information on
fabric choice. And Cynthia du Pré Argent has an interactive worksheet
> into which you can
put your measurements to get fabric measurements automatically
calculated for you. (Click "feed them into this form".)
There are fewer articles around with details on other types of tunics.
Barbara L.M. Handley's "The Making of a Greenland Gown"
> is based on a Nockert
Type 4 garment, and Hefdharfru Vigdís Vestfirzka's "Viking/Norse
Nockert Type 5 finds. Sarah Thursfield's articles on early medieval
dresses and tunics
stcostume1.htm> and shirts and smocks
stcostume2.htm> include cutting diagrams for a few different types.
Just the tunic is enough (for males or females of all ages) for a first
outfit. If you want a more "complete" look, you might add a hood
>, or (for a male persona) a
> or (for a female
persona) a veil <http://www.virtue.to/articles/veils.html
>, to keep the
sun off your head and for that extra dash of authenticity. A plain
leather belt with a simple buckle, a pouch or satchel (or both) to keep
your "stuff" in
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will round out the look. Those with male personae who are
uncomfortable in skirts alone may wear hosen or, as early-period
alternative, trews <http://www.regia.org/members/basclot5d.htm
suppose those with female personae could do likewise, but as their
skirts will fall to the floor, trews or hosen won't show.)
If you want something more fitted, you can by adding laces to the basic
tunic make a bliaut
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