I second Coblaith. Use your stash. Get creative. If you don't
like the ribbed side of the corduroy, use the other side out!
Gingham is perfect for making trial garments for fitting. It is
also perfect for lining fabric, and most medieval garments were
lined--and they look much better that way too. Or you could try
dying the gingham (provided it is 100% cotton).
I read somewhere (probably this list) that this is the Society for
not the Society for Compulsory Authenticity. Today at fighter
practice/court our hospitaller was wearing polyester satin and I
discussed with our new baroness how well the weatherstripping inside
her new coronet worked for making the crown comfortable... Her
favorite part of her new coronet was that her veil doesn't fly off
anymore. Personally, I have linen and wool in my stash (both
purchased for $2/yard on JoAnne clearance)--- But I wouldn't dream
of telling someone else that they have to go out and spend $14/yard
for eight yards of linen to make an authentic gown. This is not a
This is one of my favorite SCA clothing links.
From that web page take a look at the old pictures of early garb the
Baronness made. Obviously it takes time to get to the point of
making royalty-ready garb. (A long time.)
Remember, this is something that we are doing for FUN!
(found a name! yea!)