Easy Intro to Ancient Roman Clothing

For those living in Atenveldt, the summer is always a brutal challenge. Due to the later-than-normal date of Estrella War 2012 (check out pictures here), the daytime weather was terribly hot, and many longed for breezy roman clothing.

You may think to yourself, but how can I make a decent-looking roman outfit? What do I need to do to make it look like I’m going to court and NOT a college toga party?

The Barony of Twin Moons’ Garber’s Guild pointed me in the right direction, and the answer is easier than you’d think.

This style of garb is extremely easy to do, and it requires minimal sewing skills- perfect for newcomers and spending summertime in the kingdom.

For example, here we have the lovely Bannthegn Miana ni’ Chonnagáin (Maureen Walsh) and Lady Beverly FitzAlan de Stirkelaunde (Delphia Janiszeski), at Highlands War 2012, and Champions in the Pines, 2012, respectively. Photos courtesy of Delphia Janiszeski.

To get “the look,” check out some basic resources for the tunica, stola, and sash tying. (There are some more real-life examples here.) For a more masculine toga approach, watch this video, but make sure to use fabric that drapes better than a cotton sheet!

To make a fabulous Roman outfit, all you have to do is make a tube. It’s just that simple. Some people will tell you to construct your garment this way, but the SCAeveryday tutorial (coming soon!) will give you less of a headache. With this blog and the right fabric, you only have to sew one side of the garment, and then you’re good to go.

If you want your clothing  to look more feminine, choose a fabric that’s silky, and add lots of bling, especially fibulae to spruce up shoulder closings on your outfit, and make sure to define your waist with the sash tying link above. On the other hand, if you decide to go the “manly man” route, simple embroidered trim and snappy colors are always a good choice.

Nothing finishes off an outfit like a groovy, historically-accurate hairstyle. With hair tutorials on YouTube, you can copy the looks of Empress Sabina,  Faustina the Younger and (my personal favorite) Agrippina the Younger.

The radiant Dame Angele Plaisance Order of the Laurel (Diane Lynn). Photo courtesy of Lord Einarr Atgorvi Maor (Bill Woodbury).

The Twentieth Legion (a non-SCA reenactment group dedicated to ancient Rome) has a nice tidbit on civilian clothing as well, and you can see them in action here.


Baron Sir Zhigmun’ Czypsser (Ron Roberts) and Baroness Aleyd Czypsser (Lindsay Roberts) of Tir Ysgithr at Champions in the Pines, 2012. Photo courtesy of Lady Emma Attwyll (Cristina Whitlock).

Don’t forget- check back for the SCAeveryday chiton tutorial soon!

Partying with the Picts- Jamming Out Medieval Style

Period music makes all the difference in the ambiance of an event. A cappella pieces at court transport the audience back in time, and the pounding of the drums throughout the night never fails to excite. Bardic performances tell of many things, but the most popular ones weave stories of love, tragedy and courage.

Traditional medieval music included the use of the flute, fiddle, harp, mandolin, bagpipes, drums, lute and various pipes in addition to other kinds of period instruments.

Music is timeless. Naturally, SCA events are more authentic with live music!

I recently attended the Champions in the Pines event hosted by the Barony of Granite Mountain (Prescott Valley). Before the commencement of the evening court, their Royal Majesties Thomas and Ilora requested the participation of all of the bards in attendance.

Their Royal Majesties Thomas and Ilora preside over the evening court.

Unfortunately, I was not able to capture any videos of the performances, but I was able to find a nice example of a bardic piece by milady Lucia Elena Braganza performed at the Gulf Wars XIX in March 2010, in the Kingdom of Antessora. It showcases the warrior spirit in its finest.



Want to check out some more medieval-style music? Here’s a playlist that I found after doing a quick Google search. If you’d like to pursue the path of a bard in Atenveldt, visit the Atenveldt College of Bards.