About Giles: I have been in the SCA for 35 years and remain an ok at best tailor. I will be doing more hand sewing in this project than all the rest of my sewing combined. I have made costume from Ancient Greek to late Elizabethan, but never this time and place. I prefer to make clothes and not costume, and this project will push that to my limit. I am excited and anticipate some epic failure.
His Project: The outfit is inspired by the portrait of St Matthew in the Book of Kells. Suitable for my current rank as a landed Baron, Irish mens wear from about 800. This suit will be the basis for a capsule wardrobe to attend Lochac’s biggest event – the Rowany Festival. I will eventually need at least 5 days of clothing. I plan on constructing truis (pants), leine (shirt), ionar (jacket), and purchasing historically reasonable accesories. I have wanted to make this clothing for nearly 2 decades, and the “right time” has never come along. This is a moment I have to sieze. much of my guidance comes from this work – https://coblaith.net/EarlyGaelicDress/EarlyGaelicDress12bw.pdf
About Porzia: I was laurelled for clothing in the West nearly 20 years ago. While I’ve never been one for persona, usually you would find me working on something early period. I’ve been wanting to do something new and unfamiliar for a while, and so much of this is new – including the type of resources (and language!) for the resources, the construction, and even seam techniques, so it’s like learning these skills all over again – which is really exciting 🙂
Her Project: My outfit is for a woman in the Castilian Court in the 13th Century. It is based on the excavated Royal tomb materials from 13thC Castile, particularly the Infanta Maria (1235), Eleanor of Castile, Queen Consort (1244) and Infanta Dona Leonor (1275). But it also draws on material from other grave finds in the Panteon Real, and the illustrated manuscripts produced in the court of Alfonso X, as I am not a princess, but a woman of the court, to help make choices. This is not a piece for a specific activity, but a challenge for me. While I have been thinking about it a lot, and done some preliminary tests on construction, this is the chance to put what I have learned together in an outfit for the first time, to work through my research & speculation, and have some teaching materials as a result. One of the things I love about 13thC Spain is that Heraldry is Everywhere, including on clothing, so where I can incorporate that, I plan to – it helps that my heraldry is just stripes!