Re: [SCA Newcomers] Garb from website
- In a message dated 11/2/2002 11:32:45 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> I would like to get the opinion of anWell, I looked at three of the items - the hosen, the Celtic Dress, and the
> experienced SCAdian (or two or twenty) before I spent a few hundred
> dollars on a dress. Could you tell me if any of the gowns they sell
> are truly period?
The hosen are totally modern tights except for the fact that they have a
drawstring waist (and I'm not aware of any period hosen with drawstring waist
either). They are cotton spandex, and as such, fit nothing like period
The so-called Celtic dress is known to be a RenFaire invention, especially
the chemise with the gathered sleeves with tthe trim running up them.
Calling anything "Celtic" in the Middle Ages and Renaissance is about as
meaningless as calling something "European".
The Journe dress initially looks good, since they even give you the picture
they took it from. But there's no date on the picture, and if you enlarge
it, you see that it differs in many ways form the dress they claim to have
recreated from it. For example, the picture shows a little shoulder cape or
partlet, and the top of the overgown is decidely square, with shoulder straps
which appear to be tied on. You can't see the sides of the dress in the
picture at all. But their gown has no partlet, a rounded neckline, and no
straps, and has clearly visible side lacing.
That said, you will see things like these at any SCA event, and they are far
better than some attempts. If you want something that's decent enough to
start off with, and it's within your price range, you could do worse than
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