Red and gold sideless surcote – HSM April 2021

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

Wearing my red and gold damask sideless surcoat

Back in 2019 I threw out my back right before an SCA event. I wanted to still attend, but found myself wondering what to wear – since I also wanted to wear a short corset to support my back. I decided to use a regular underdress, then my corset, and then a sideless surcote which still gives me easy access to adjust the laces/etc. Having them in my wardrobe was fantastic, since most of my other garments really wouldn’t give me that ability.

Since I totally love all the wacky wild 15th century hats, I thought it might also be a good idea to pull together a few more sideless surcotes to add to my Medieval Capsule wardrobe since they’re pretty easy to wear, and I certainly have enough headwear to accompany them! Continue reading

Blue silk sideless surcote

 

Blue silk sideless surcote (over a silver silk underdress)

Blue silk sideless surcote (over a silver silk underdress)

To go along with the dark silver underdress, I made a blue silk sideless surcote as a slightly ‘upgraded’ version of the sideless surcote I made earlier.

The blue silk was from 3-star fabrics in Calgary, but I forget how much it was. It’s not at all slubby – it’s very smooth 🙂

I used the same pattern, and trimmed the dress in black dupioni silk. I know that dupioni is a bit too slubby to be ‘upper class’ – but I didn’t use a lot of it, and I didn’t have any other smooth silk to use (and no inclination to go out and hunt some down…)

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Green sideless surcote

Green sideless surcote

Green sideless surcote

In preparation for Avacal’s first Coronation, a small group of ladies decided that since so many of them had green dresses, that it would be nice to all wear them for part of the event. Of course, although I have green fabric for some Viking Age garb, I haven’t actually made it up – and other than a gown that I made in grade 11 (don’t even ask how many years ago that was!) I don’t recall having a single green period dress… (I have a few modern mundane dresses and other costume-kind of dresses in green.. just nothing for period.)

So… once I finished another project I wanted to have done for Coronation, I decided that it would be nice to have a green dress to add to the costume closet as well. I wasn’t super keen on making up the Viking Age garb though, and I wanted something less fitted, constrictive, and frankly time-consuming than re-making the Italian costume I recently did in green.

I recently pulled my sideless surcote (a grey knit with the appearance of wool, with real fur trim – recycled from tattered fur coats) and wore it to a tavern (on another day when I wasn’t feeling like going a’Viking) and decided to knock it off and make it up in a green. I didn’t have the fabric I wanted handy, so went shopping, and found some perfectly lovely fabric.

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Largess Youth Sideless Surcotes

Front view of the parti-coloured surcote

Front view of the parti-coloured surcote

Not long ago, I was given some fabric that I’d not normally use for myself – polyester double-knit. It’s sturdy, easy to wash, stretches slightly, and has a good drape – but it’s just not my thing. BUT… there was an upcoming call for largess (gifts) that I thought I would make something for.. but what..

I’m personally a big fan of natural fibers, but there are some advantages to synthetics, especially when it comes to a frequent need to wash, especially in hot water. Plus, there are plenty of people who are allergic/sensitive to natural fibers.. so since this isn’t for me, I’m not so worried about the lack of natural fibers. There seems to be lots of use of synthetics in SCA costuming, although it’s frequently shunned by the purists.

Then a friend was posting about bringing her young nieces and nephews to an event, and asking if there was much Gold Key (clothing to loan to people who don’t have their own) and someone said that there was very little for youth.

So, I figured for my largess I’d make some youth clothing!

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