The Vikings

How to make it

Leg wraps can be worn with menís garb. They are long strips of fabric either woven to the correct width or cut, usually on the bias. They are secured with small metal tags sewn to one end of the strip, or they are tucked in to the wrap.

How to fake it

Modern t-shaped costume patterns will work quite well for t-tunics. Any simple pull-on type pants pattern will work for menís trousers. If you want to go for the eastern style, just make them wider. For leg bindings, horse leg wraps from any western supply store will work fine.

For the apron dress, one piece of fabric wrapped loosely around the body and pinned at the shoulders will nicely simulate a peplos style apron dress. If you want to get fancy, wrap the fabric a little more tightly and sew straps on the top. Any matched pair of round or oval pins will work for the brooches.

For fabric stick to any natural fiber or natural looking fiber and you will be fine. Donít worry about color. Almost any color can be obtained from natural dyes. Any plain leather belt with a plain buckle can be used. Belts made from fabric may also be used. Lampwork glass beads, metal beads and amber are appropriate for jewelry.

Where to go for more
  • http://www.regia.org/
  • http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/
  • http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/vikresource.html
  • http://userweb.suscom.net/~apolloniavoss/projects.htm (chain knitting and treasure necklace)
  • http://www.housebarra.com/EP/
  • http://users.bigpond.net.au/quarfwa/miklagard/Costume/Rus/Trader/Rus_main.htm (eastern menís garb)
Where to buy
  • http://www.thehoodedhare.com/index.htm (tunics and apron dresses)
  • http://www.quietpress.com/ (jewelry and metal fittings)
  • http://www.birkatraders.com/test/index.php (jewelry and metal fittings)
  • http://www.jelldragon.com/ (a little bit of everything including clothing)

High Middle Ages

How to make it

The tunic and the dress are basically the same as the Viking style tunic made from linen or wool. The menís hose are two pieces that are fitted to the leg and tied to the braies (underwear). The braies are essentially short, white, linen drawstring pants.

The hood is basically like this:

A company called Period Patterns makes patterns for this and other types of medieval clothing.

How to fake it

A simple t-tunic pattern as explained above will work for both men and women. Menís hose can be faked by buying danskin menís tights. Make sure you get the menís tights so leg hair does not show through. The hood part from a modern coat pattern can be modified into this type of hood. Just add onto the bottom of the pattern to get the correct shape over the shoulders. Any plain leather belt will work, but it should be overly long. Jewelry was kept to a minimum in this period. Simple gold or silver rings will work. Pewter jewelry is very inexpensive and is just right for much of this period.

Where to go for more
  • http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/medievalinks.htm
  • http://members.fortunecity.com/cadieuxx/14thcentury.html
  • http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Lair/5459/bliaut.html
  • http://www.theweebsite.com/cotelande/index.html
Where to buy
  • http://www.revivalclothing.com/ (clothing shoes and accessories)
  • http://www.historicenterprises.com/cart.php (clothing shoes and accessories)
  • http://www.medievaldesign.com/indexengl.html (clothing shoes and accessories)
  • http://www.billyandcharlie.com/ (pewter jewelry and accessories)
  • http://www.fetteredcockpewters.com/ (pewter jewelry and accessories along with other items)

Late Period

How to make it

To do this style properly you are going to need to do some research and make or buy some patterns. The basics are a poofy shirt, a vest type garment (doublet for men and bodice for women) and a skirt for women and pants for men. Men can also wear really short very poofy pants and tights. If women want an Italian look, raise the waist and sew the bodice to the skirt. For men, tighten the vest and use laces instead of buttons. Also for Italian men can forgo pants altogether and wear a codpice and hose. Again this will require some research. For jewelry pearls are very appropriate. Also any gemstone strands and big gold or silver brooches pinned to the top of the bodice. Large gemstone rings for men or women are also good. Earrings on men are also appropriate for this time period.

How to fake it

Simplicity makes several reasonably good patterns for late period clothing.

Unfortunately they no longer make menís clothing patterns. Raising the neckline and adding tabs on the bottom, tabs or rolls on the sleeve holes and possibly a collar can alter a modern vest pattern. Any pants pattern can be used. Short pants can be worn with tights underneath.

Where to go for more
  • http://costume.dm.net/
  • http://www.lynnmcmasters.com/embellishment.html
  • http://homepage.mac.com/festive_attyre/
  • Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620 by Janet Arnold
Where to buy
  • http://www.deserttorch.com/

Shoes
The most difficult part of any outfit seems to be shoes. Nothing ruins the look of an outfit like tennis shoes. Actually shoes are not too difficult to make or fake, but they take some effort and some brainpower.
How to make it

Shoes can be made from leather fabric or felt. There are several good places to find patterns online and in books. These are listed under where to go for more.

Wool clogs are a good substitute for almost any period for men and women. Men can also wear engineer boots and women can wear velvet slippers. Chinese slippers are also good as are Minnetonka moccasins as long as you cut off the fringe.

Where to go for more
  • http://www.larp.com/midgard/shoes.htm
  • Shoes and Pattens : Finds from Medieval Excavations in London (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London) by Francis Grew
Where to buy
  • http://www.highfiber.com/~bohemond/index.html
  • http://www.medievalshoes.com/
  • http://www.armlann.com/shoesandpattens.htm
  • Many of the sites previously listed also carry shoes

Everything else
How to make it

Some of the other necessities are easy to make and some are not. Feast gear would be difficult unless you already have access to the equipment to make it. If you want to at least decorate your own feast gear, most do it yourself ceramics shops have plates and bowls and goblets. Beaded jewelry is pretty easy to make, but true lapidary is usually beyond all but skilled artisans. Some jewelry pieces such as simple rings and earrings are not hard, but will require you to find someone who knows what they are doing and has the proper equipment. Simple pendants can also be fashioned by cutting sheet metal and decorating with a sharp instrument. For example this is a pair of Byzantine earrings that can easily be made at home.

Since garb does not have pockets, pouches are necessary. A simple drawstring pouch will work well for any period.

How to fake it

In my opinion the best place to shop for SCA stuff is TJMaxx. They always have amber jewelry and other stings of semiprecious stones. I have purchased much feast gear there for very little money. I also like to pick up other things that help to create the medieval feel such as boxes pillows and throws. Another good place to buy this dťcor kind of stuff is Hobby Lobby. They usually have really inexpensive boxes and pillows and such. Also donít forget all of the accoutrements for feast such as napkins, place mats, candlesticks etc. As far as cutlery goes, donít worry too much about it. Just use plain metal silverware and you will be fine.

Where to go for more
  • http://moas.atlantia.sca.org/wsnlinks/
Where to buy it
  • http://www.renstore.com/
  • http://www.pantherprimitives.com/
Original article © 2006 Lusanna Cerchi mka Katherine Circle — All rights reserved
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