SCAeveryday Tutorial #1: How to Make an Easy Roman Chiton

I’m so excited to finally upload this video! It’s super easy to go roman, and it’s the best thing to do during Atenveldt summers. Enjoy!

Swabian Dress #3- Final Pictures

I usually dress in early-period garb, but I absolutely adore this dress! I need to get myself something like this.

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Here is the final pictures of the Swabian dress, complete with head wear  and belt.

Seamstresses: Barry the White, Ysmay de Lynn and Alesone Gray
Weaving and brocade: Lianor de Matos
Belt buckle: Muin maqq Minain

Photos by Cateline la Broderesse.

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To Make a Favor: Love, Honor and Creativity in the SCA

The SCA world revolves around hardsuit fighting, and not many would disagree. For newcomers, images of daring knights, beautiful ladies and duels to the death come to mind.

Does this fairy tale adventure translate into the SCA? What does it mean to fight for someone’s honor, and vice versa?

In the SCA, tournaments are held for all skill levels. The general idea is that the fighter (hardsuit or rapier) enters the competition, and lists the person who will be his or her consort for the tournament.

Fighters and their consorts approach Their Royal Majesties and prepare for battle at the 2012 Fall Crown Tournament. Photo courtesy of Mistress Magdalen Venturosa. (Monique Berry Lyon.)

But wait! What the heck is a consort?! That sounds frightening!

Your consort is the person for whose honor you fight- this is most often a romantic relationship on and off the field, but it could simply be a friend or someone you asked right before the beginning of the tournament. Your consort should inspire you to fight to the best of your ability, and to always fight with honor.

For a comprehensive list of tournament and consort FAQs, click here.

As a consort, you give your fighter a favor to carry onto the battlefield. A favor can be anything that represents you- a ribbon, necklace, scarf, etc.- but they are most often constructed as belt favors. (Check out the belt favor tutorial here!)

Here are some pictures of the first belt favor created by the author of the SCAeveryday. (Note: the belt favor tutorial above was not used. Perhaps it would have looked better if it had been!)

A simple strip of linen was cut, and the author embroidered sunflowers (they aren’t exactly period, but they are her favorite) on the front. Lacking the best sewing skills, she avoided hemming the fabric- one side is the salvage and the other side was sealed with clear nail polish to prevent fraying. (It’s not exactly recommended, but it works when you’re in a hurry.) Lastly, she embroidered a decorative stitch on the front side to spruce it up a little bit.

Even if you aren’t planning on being a consort any time soon, making a favor is a fun way to get in touch with your artsy side and explore medieval romance.

Please leave a comment and tell the SCAeveryday all about your tournament, consort and favor experiences!

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!