If you don’t sew regularly, the requirement for “an attempt at pre-C17th clothing” might seem a little daunting at first. But when you want to graduate from borrowing Gold Key to making your own garb, these links are a good place to start.


The T-tunic and Accessories

Basic introduction to garb

In depth look at T-tunic construction

Another cutting diagram and explanation of the more historically accurate pieced construction

Quick and dirty T-tunic

Wearing something on your head is an easy and effective way to feel more like a medieval person and less like someone in a funny dress.


Coifs (men and women)


Period Hair.pdf

Cloaks are a very practical accessory in Ynys Fawr in winter!

Comprehensive discussion of how to cut and sew circular or semi-circular cloaks with minimum fabric wastage.


While a generic T-tunic, with or without some kind of head gear, is absolutely fine and will do you foryour entire career in the SCA if costuming isn’t your Thing, you may wish to explore specific cultures or periods. With no more than the basic sewing skills required for a T-tunic, you can create an excellent early period persona just by paying attention to the specifics of decoration and accessories, whether it be embroidery stitches and motifs, brocaded trim, jewellery, veils or hats.

The following is a tiny introductory sample of the kind of resources which are available on the internet about specific eras and cultures, which don’t require sophisticated sewing techniques to achieve.

Viking Era

Thorson and Svava’s Basic Viking Garb for Men and Women (local copy: men, women)

Thora Sharptooth’s Viking resources

Viking Answer Lady’s clothing links


Early Period Anglo Saxon

Angelcynn – Clothing and Appearance of the Pagan Anglo-Saxons


Early Period Celtic

Echna’s 5th Century Celtic Re-enactments Page

Ireland, ca 5th-10th centuries CE


Islamic Garb

List of resources on Islamic garb, compiled for an earlier Lightwood event.


Byzantine Garb

List of resources on Byzantine garb, compiled for an earlier Lightwood event.


The SCA is a family-friendly activity – here are some ideas for accommodating pregnancy and breastfeeding, and making garb for children.


Breastfeeding-friendly garb in period artwork.

Dressing Children in the SCA.