[Sca-cooks] Sweat shirts and sweat pants are an important addition to your wardrobe

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Sun Aug 30 10:07:12 PDT 2009

Totally think your idea is the most appropriate and I have (for myself) lots
of layered garments that are entirely appropriate to the period I do.
The problem is that here in AnTir it could be sunny and 90 when you head out
and be 50 and wet that evening. Emergency seat pants are critical!


On 8/30/09 6:13 AM, "bronwynmgn at aol.com" <bronwynmgn at aol.com> wrote:

> <<-----Original Message-----
> From: David Walddon <david at vastrepast.com>
> To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Sent: Sat, Aug 29, 2009 12:04 pm
> Subject: [Sca-cooks] Sweat shirts and sweat pants are an important addition to
> your wardrobe
> I always have a pair of sweats for each family member in the garb box. They
> are critical (under long tunics or scholars robes) when the weather turns
> cold and rainy up here in An Tir (and it can turn quickly).
> Obviously not so you can tell we are wearing them but they do help keep
> things warm in a pinch.
> If we are going to an event that we know is going to be cold we bring the
> appropriate garb but for those emergency situations I have found them to be
> excellent (especially with a 4 and 6 year old).>>
> I am not saying that your approach isn't valid.  It keeps you warm and that's
> the point.  But I used to work under the theory that adding mundane clothes
> under garb, or following mundane rules of adding warmer layers under garb, and
> I was often still cold.  Then I asked myself what a medieval person would have
> done - after all, they had to cope with weather on a daily basis, much more
> intimately than do we who live in climate-controlled buildings and leave them
> to travel in climate-controlled cars.
> I started making wool overgowns to go over my lighter weight clothes.  Heavy
> wool repels water beautifully with no special treatment.  If it does get wet,
> it still keeps you warm.  Wool socks are a godsend when your feet are wet; you
> feel the initial rush of cold water but within a moment or two, it is hard to
> tell if your feet are still wet because they are warm again.  I have a coat
> weight gown and hood that I have worn in pouring rain for prolonged times with
> no other shelter.  When I took the wool gown and hood off, my linen clothes
> underneath were completely dry.  The only thing you must do is make sure never
> to leave those wool outer garments lying in a pile on the floor.  Then they
> will soak through.  If the wool is kept hanging when it is taken off, then the
> water will continue to do what it does when you are wearing it - run down the
> outer layers of the wool and drip off the bottom.
> A lighter weight wool gown over your linen is also good when it's damp and
> cool but not raining; it prevents the linen from soaking up moisture from the
> air and feeling soggy.
> Yes, wool is somewhat expensive.  You know what, so is a parka or heavy winter
> coat.  You buy one, once, and wear it for years in comfort.  I do find the
> gowns more useful than cloaks for anything other than short showers.  You
> can't really DO anything in a cloak; you just have to stay still and hold it
> closed.  In the gowns I can run around and do anything I'd do in my normal
> clothes.
> They serve as extra warmth when events turn unexpectedly cold as well.  I
> haven't been cold at a wet or cold event since I started doing this.
> Brangwayna Morgan
> Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
> Lancaster, PA
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