*LARP: for all of you neophytes, that stands for Live Action Role Play.
And so two years ago, I embarked for War (as we say). I drove the 10+ hours by myself (I wasn't alone in the car, I was just the only driver) to spend a whole week in Raining Pennsic!
I went to as many classes on costuming as I could, including: how to drape a 14th hood, how to drape 14th century hosen, how to make a GFD (that is a Gothic Fitted Dress, of self-supporting cotehardie - that's right, no bra needed, the dress is made to your measurements to hold the girls up!), how to draw your sleeve for your GFD, how to drape a Herjolfsnes dress, specifically No. 38 or No. 41 (don't ask me how to pronounced Herjolfsnes, I haven't a clue), how to make Poulaines (those are the pointed leather shoes), how to tablet weave (very useful to make your own trim and decorate your medieval clothes in a historically accurate way).
When I wasn't in class, I was shopping, buying shoes, silk veils and trim for future dresses, looking at what the garb sellers were offering, thinking "No way am I paying that much, I could make that easy!"... Dancing is another one of my passions, so I spent a few evenings at the Barn (where all the dancing happens).
(Note: I actually never went to any of the battles as I quite frankly wasn't that interested in them and there was just so much else to do!)
Now as half of my SCA household is leaving for War today, let me share with you some of the pictures I took when I was there with them.
Mórag ready for an Antiquity Themed Masked Ball
A picture taken at the Barn
A few Tuchux by the end of War Week (don't ask me what Tuchux are, your guess is as good as mine!)