I began reenactment of the Middle Ages and renaissance era with some friends back in 1999. When I started I did a friend made a generic broadcloth tunic, a pair of rennie breeches, a poly wool blend cloak, and another friend gave me a pair of suede moccasin boots. Not even close to being historical in any way.
Some how by the beginning of 2002 I was working on closer to historic 16th century garb and decided to buy Janet Arnold's book "Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C1560-1620" and I became entranced with making real clothing and not costumes. I start using period materials and construction in spring 2002 and found out how superior linen, wool, and silk are to cotton and artificial materials.
In the summer I decided to get involved with a living history style Battle of Hastings event happening in early fall. I made a linen undertunic, linen braies, a wool tunic, and wool hosen. After wearing it to the Hastings event I vowed to never use incorrect material again.
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