Costuming

Spring Offensive

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O, how tacky can you get? Selviergard's annual springtime ritual is back! The site this year is between a cemetery and a farm... so we can wake the dead just so long as we don't rattle the cattle!

Three – count `em – Three Offensive Contests! –Awards will be given for the most offensive garb, (PG-13, please) Hat and Shakespearean- style Insult (must be done from memory!) Here's your chance to use Location:
Barony of Selviergard (Palmer, Alaska)

Hancock Fabrics stores to close across the country

Hancock Fabrics, Inc., a major resource for SCA costumers, has recently filed for protection and relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This will cause the closing of many of the fabric stores across the country.

Class Act Fabrics (a.k.a. Dragon's Magic)

Class Act Fabrics, also known as Dragon’s Magic at the Pennsic War, provides high quality modern couture fabrics, which are selected for period-appropriate use in medieval and renaissance costuming.

"The Tudor Tailor" comes to Phoenix

Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design for the Phoenix Art Museum, has announced that Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, authors of The Tudor Tailor, will present a program at the museum on June 5, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

Lost garb alert

Senhora Ester Mendes of the Kingdom of An Tir reports that a suitcase containing garb was lost recently on an international flight. She asks the SCA community to be on the lookout for the missing clothing.

St. Anne's Guild Costumers Symposium

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The St. Anne's Costumers Guild and the Barony of Black Diamond are proud to host the St. Anne's Guild Costumers Symposium in Charlottesville, VA. There will be classes all day for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced costumer, ranging from Roman to Elizabethan, undergarments to outergarments, children's garb to fighter's kit. For those with questions about SCA period clothing, a consultation table will be available. University credits will be given to students and teachers attending these classes. Location:
Barony of Black Diamond (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Folo goes to Reenactor Fest

Lord Folo of the Middle Kingdom attended the recent Reenactor Fest in Arlington, Illinois. Part science fiction con, part gun show, but with better costumes, the convention had something for everyone, except maybe "skimpily-clad spokes models." Read Folo's thoughts on his LiveJournal blog.

Early Gaelic dress article online

Finnacan Dub (Scott Barrett) has published an extensive article entitled Early Gaelic Dress: an Introduction in Adobe Acrobat™ (PDF) format.

A history of the bra

An article in Pravda chronicles the history of the brassiere from ancient Cretan underbodice to the Wonderbra.

Long-time Boston-area SCAdian featured in article

Cassandra Boell von Bayer has been part of the SCA for about 29 years and has gained repute for her skill in costuming and small animal husbandry. A recent article in The Bolton Common profiles her SCA life.

Farthingales LA

Farthingales LA corset shop sells quality corset making supplies, quality ready-made corsets and offers the opportunity to purchase custom-made corsets. Quality corset supplies are an important investment for any corset maker or costumer. Why invest the time required to build a garment, if you're not using the quality products that will make that garment survive time and wear? If you value your work, use products that will make your techniques and your workmanship stand out from others.

Kilt shortage in Scottish military

The failure to finalize a contract with garment-makers has left more than 5,000 Scottish soldiers out of uniform. As many as fifteen soldiers have been forced to share each ceremonial kilt.

Wal-Mart says it will not remove fabric department

In an article dated December 4, 2006, Anita French of the Morning News reports that the retail giant Wal-Mart will not be closing the fabric departments in 80% of its stores by April 2007, as has been reported on a number of blogs.

Photos from the Known World Costuming Symposium Online

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Northshield, shares her memories and photos of the recent Known World Costuming Symposium which was held recently in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, Wisconsin).

KWCS Proceedings Available

Did you miss out on attending the Knowne World Costuming Symposium and now are sad that you didn't get a chance to take all those lovely classes? Never fear! The Proceedings are now available for purchase!

Early Byzantine Costume Research Papers Online

Meghan Elphinstone, Arts & Sciences Champion for the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia, has posted her extensive research on early Byzantine costuming. The two papers are available in PDF format.

Elizabethan Garb Stolen in the West

Deborah Doyle reports that an Elizabethan gown was stolen from her garage in the San Francisco area on November 18, 2006.

Raised Heel Footwear Website Created

Francis Classe has created a website with photos and documentation on recreating and constructing historical raised heel shoes, such as chopines, pantoufles, or zoccoli.

Knowne World Costuming Symposium Deadline Approaches

The Knowne World Costuming Symposium 2006 will be held in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, WI) in the Kingdom of Northshield on Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26, 2006.

Robin Netherton to Present at CostumeCon 25

Medieval costuming expert Robin Netherton will be presenting a series of five lectures at CostumeCon 25. The convention will take place March 30-April 2, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri.

CostumeCon 25

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Are you coming to Costume-Con 25? All the Best People (or whatever) Are!!

St. Louis, MO
March 30 through April 2, 2007

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Panels, workshops, masquerades, exhibits, dealers, tours, parties... the list goes on and on. Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Hawaiian Costumer Still Plays Dress Up in the SCA

Costumer Amy Sumida, who works for Kaimuki's Prosperity Corner in Hawaii, is busy putting together costumes for the Halloween season. Sumida discovered the SCA in her teens and learned that playing dress-up could be profitable. Nadine Kam of the Honolulu Star Bulletin has the story.

Clothing Collegium

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Do you want new garb? Does your armor need an update? Perhaps you just want to share and learn? Classes are being formed for armor, leather, needlework, hats, menswear, and ladieswear: clothing and accessories.

Site opens at 9 am; classes begin at 10 am at the Lyndonviklle central School: 25 Housel Ave., Lyndonville, NY 14098. The event fee is $5.00. Lunch is included. There is no feast. Some classes will have supply fees. Location:
Canton of Beau Fleuve (Lyndonville, New York)

Nano-Grecian Formula One?

New research by French scientists seems to suggest that the techniques used by Greeks and Romans to dye their hair had results in common with today's nanotechnology and were comparable to modern products.

Oslo Garbage Dump Yields Medieval Treasures

A garbage dump dating from the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in Oslo, Norway. The massive collection of discarded items includes over 1,000 shoes.

Meridies Fall 2006 Coronation Photos Online

Jerusha has posted photos from the Kingdom of Meridies' recent Fall 2006 Coronation.

National Geographic: The Joy of Shoes

The online version of the September 2006 issue of National Geographic Magazine includes an article on "The Joy of Shoes." The article includes photos and references to modern and historic shoes.

All Hallows XXVI

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Come celebrate the bounty of the Harvest and the coming of winter at All Hallows XXVI. There will be two A&S events - the Best Headgear for your Persona, be it hat, wimple and veil, or helm; any appropriate head covering. There will also be a display of your most current Work in Progress, so we can all see what wonderful things are being made in Faire Atlantia. PLEASE have your A&S entry in by 1 p.m. We plan to have a Consult table during the day, as well. After Feast there will be our well known Bardic Competition, so practice your song, poem, or story to share! Location:
Shire of Berley Cort (Sedley, Virginia)

How to Wrap a Great Kilt

Mystified by the process of wrapping a Scottish great kilt? Tartanweb.com can come to your aid with diagrams and photos to make the process easy.

Teachers Sought for Known World Costume Symposium

Baroness Eithni ingen Talorgain is looking for instructors for the upcoming Known World Costuming Symposium which takes place November 26, 2006 in the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, Wisconsin).