Welcome to the SCA, now what?
When anyone begins in the SCA, we all have to figure out well who we are, again within a time frame. While there are some sites online in which you can pick clothing from, they are expensive and well you just can't walk into your local Sears and ask for 13th Century Norman attire. So here are some time periods and places to help you figure out what you need or would like to aspire to in the SCA. Also because we wear pretty heartily the clothing within the SCA, it is not perceived as 'costume'. These clothes are historical in nature and rather sturdily built to withstand life camping and in all sorts of weather.
Firstly, we need to do some planning. Let me ask you some questions:
#1. Who are you making Garb for? Do you have a family?
#2. How do you figure out which era to be?
#3. How do you handle heat?
#4. How do you handle Wet and Cold?
#5. How authentic to you wish to be?
#6. Do you/Can you sew or are you willing to find out?
So if you are like me, who can't handle heat then you will need to adapt for Tourney Season. Or some are cold all of the time and well you might want to learn to love layers but we shall speak of that later! Next? We have 2 (at least) times within the SCA Tourney Season, and Feast Season. This means making plans in the winter for Camping and in the Summer for Feasting.
Early Period Online Sites:
Reconstruction of Personal Style
Early Period Celtic Garb
Images to Help you out:
Men's Viking Garb
Viking Women's Garb
12th Century to 13th Century
12th Century Clothing:
A Court Gown:
Seemingly Clothed and Proper:
12th Century Spain:
13th Century Gowns:
13th Century Men's Clothing:
Spanish Mens Extant Clothing:
13th Century Germanic Clothing:
The Sideless Surcoat:
!4th Century Garments
A Comparative Study of 14th Century Clothing:
Gothic Fitted Gowns:
Another Men's Garb:
Purses and Accessories
City States of Italy
Ottoman Empire Clothing:
German 16th Century Overview:
Clothing Merchant Links:
Loads of patterns from many eras, you will need to make a toile to make sure it fit you.
Margo Anderson has Elizabethan Patterns and Henrician or early Tudor patterns, really great with loads of information something everyone who wants to make really good
Period Patterns does have a reputation of being rather hard to deal with but if you are an experienced sewer you should be okay.
Getting what you need to make things up and if not ? Where to find Merchants to purchase Garb