I have been getting a lot of questions from people wanting to “step up” their costuming skills and general SCA wardrobe. When I asked what would be useful, I got a resounding “show us from the ground up how to build a dress, kirtle, veil, smock, shift, socks, etc…” And then I realized that I never blog the basic stuff. I just kinda presumed that this kind of stuff is already out there for the learning. My resolution for the new year is to teach the basics to whomever wants to learn a little more about sewing, patterning and building nice, yet simple clothing.
Taking that a step further, maybe running some classes locally to help new folks learn to make quality clothes outside of the everyday t-tunic or elastic waist band skirts. I’ve also been asked to run a sewing machine 101 class, as many folks don’t know how to use what they already own. We will also probable take a field trip to my fabric stash, to learn the different properties of synthetics vs natural fibers and how to tell the difference when you are in a fabric store.
But I digress. This is a post about the basics. I will call them BFGs. And hopefully making clothing will be less scarey. I will post projects that I am working on, from the ground up. You will see everything from design to process to finished product. The first thing one I will be working on is a shift. I need to make a new shift for the Bavarian, as I do not have anything that has a square neckline.
I hope these BFGs will be useful for folks. And please let me know if there are things that you want to see done. I am always working on foundation clothes.