I have an early period persona, and so my garb consists mainly of that universal 'newcomer's garb', the T-tunic. But a T-tunic in period was far from simple. It was a complex garment made up of many pattern-pieces, a far cry from our one-piece, fold-and-sew standard material-waster. This article is the result of some research I've done, and an attempt to put that research into a practical application for the SCA folk who want to be a little more adventurous with that ubiquitous garment.
A very brief outline of how to make a non-authentic t-tunic
This article shows you how to make a simple piece of medieval-ish clothing.
This article claims to be a t-tunic pattern easy enough for a stick jock to make. Must be pretty easy then... <Gwennie looks around nervously>
Detailled instructions on making a t-tunic in the viking style
Simple instructions with hand-drawn images
A simple guide to a simple t-tunic.
Pattern and instructions for an authentic t-tunic, based on the KRAGELUND MOSE TUNIC
Step-by-step instructions on making your first garb.
Step by step instructions to a very basic t-tunic
Creating your own tunic pattern for wear in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Too often new re-enactors are rushed to make something just to "get them on the field". There is no reason for this haste. Fabric costs money and sewing takes time. Making bad garb is just a waste of precious resources. Your first piece of clothing doesn't have to be something you'll be ashamed of in years to come. You can make easy, historically accurate medieval clothes in minutes, and you can do it right the first time.
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What is this? This is The Garbindex - a guide to making garb for recreationists (ie how to sew clothes that will make you look genuinely medieval, when 'playing' with such groups as the SCA, doing LARP - or even making something really genuine for drama.)
Use these resources to find resources that will help you create clothing that looks great - and real!