Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just a quick post...

Found a relatively easy to understand and use website with good information about Roman clothing that I thought I'd pass along. https://sites.google.com/site/therepublicofancrosaireproject/home

It's an SCA related site, with a detailed list of various specific Roman garments, and some basic methods for making them.  The stola method they have is for a banded stola, one I haven't created yet.  (I'm not sure how attractive it will be if I can't find an extremely thin fabric.)

It's good for garb, and is a decent reference on type of garment, color and basic construction.  Be aware that on the color reference chart that colors vary from monitor to monitor.  They have some image slide shows to accompany the pages, and a very nice bibliography of resources, though there's no indication of what information comes from what source.

And of course, they have no information on hair styling!  The most impressive part of Roman clothing (for women at least!)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Gratifying Roman moment...

I was at the neighboring barony's small local event yesterday, and was watching the activity in someone's class, when a lady came up to me and told me that I looked so graceful in my garb.  It's amazing how wonderful a compliment from a complete stranger makes you feel.  Especially when you are dressed in your persona, it's awesome to be rewarded with the feeling that you're dressed not only in a manner that flatters, but in an accurate way.  One of the things I love about Roman statues is their grace, and I'm a little giddy that I've managed to embody that, however briefly.

This photo isn't from this weekend, but it is of pretty much the same outfit.  Egils was the final full court for our local Baron and Baroness, and the lovely Baroness Morrghan was giving personal tokens.  The sweet lady she was gifting in the photo caused her to choke up, and I thought she could use a pat.  Of course this is the best photo of my garb that day, (I look a little silly in the rest).  I love how the pleats in the palla look right!  I had had it pinned to my hair as a veil, but pulled the pins out to receive my token.  Sorry for the fuzzy image, but the friend that posted it was at a bit of a distance, as evidenced by the head in the lower left corner.

Hopefully we'll know soon which couple will be stepping up in their place, as the step up event is in two weeks!  There is just a teensy amount of tension in the houses of the couples.  Now to go work on The Boy's tunic and toga.  Hopefully I can find the cord for my camera to post pictures.