Since Cudgel and Visby 2014 showed me, in no uncertain terms, that I have very few clothes suitable for 30+ degrees temperatures, and global warming is a thing, I seriously need to make a plan to deal with summer events in this sort of heat.
Helwig gave me and her other apprentices this as an assignment, but I never managed to fulfill the brief (unlike Isabetta who shines in this category). Maybe now, with two miserably hot events and the goal to go to Pennsic I will actually do something about it.
List of items I already own to deal with this sort of weather:
- Chemises and smocks, a too-small number, that needs fixing
- One pair of silk shorts to keep thigh-1 far away from thigh-2 (need one more)
- One pair of linen breeches for above purpose (need more)
- Two pairs of almost dead knee-high stockings thin enough not to roast me (needs replacing)
- Light blue 16th C linen kirtle (less ideal thanks to side lacings which I need help doing up)
- Gothic Army Dress (green linen is splotchy and mis-coloured, also laced – needs replacing)
- Green short sleeved laced thin wool gown (needs to be put to rest and replaced)
- Dark blue Herjolfsnes short sleeved linen gown (loses all appeal on consideration of its weight and general tent-ish-ness of appearance)
Soo, basically one dress (#5). That’s less than ideal. I could just make a roman peplos, but I doubt I would feel pretty or dressed in that, so chances would be low that I’d actually wear it. The linen Herjolfsnes dress is one option, except I feel like a tent in it, and it’s also heavy and dark blue. I have a couple of really old dresses, which could be pressed into service as summer gowns, but I’d feel ashamed to wear them as clothes rather than as historical artifacts (I wore a green linen dress at Double Wars as part of the Nordmark 30 years-wear your first garb-thing)
I have headwear to suit, coifs, veils, straw hats etc. Shoes, I have covered. All the in-between: not so much.
With the goal to make it to Pennsic, I need to create a wardrobe that can sustain me there, or at future heat-wave events in the local area. The above inventory will guide me as a start to make the plan.
On the blog here I will be posting about this throughout the year (hopefully) and you can find them with the category tag Summer Survival Clothes