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If you’ve been hanging out with me for a while, you know about my super-nerdy hobby: the SCA.
It’s July, and that means we’re gearing up for the biggest SCA event of the year, Pennsic.
Since I started playing, I’ve really just made any garb (clothing) that I wanted to try out regardless of country of origin or year just so long as it fell within the acceptable timeline of the SCA.
Well, I’ve finally settled on a name and persona at last and while I don’t know that I’ll stick with it forever, for right now I’m portraying a Viking woman. This is exciting for me because now I can begin to pinpoint my garb to a time, location, and style of dress.
While I’m not quite to that point yet, I do want to get my clothing situation more in order. I only have two Viking dress/underdress sets right now, and I’d like to have at least five full sets of Viking garb so I can wear a different one each day of the week while at Pennsic. If need be, these outfits can be washed and re-worn in different color combinations for greater versatility. (Pennsic tends to be hot, and it would be nice to be able to change out of sweaty clothes.)
As August quickly approaches, I’m realizing that I may have bitten off more than I can chew when I was planning this year’s sewing projects. I had intended to make three underdresses for me and three tunics for The Fellow.
I always seem to get into a mad, frantic sewing fest the month leading up to Pennsic, and that’s mainly because I haven’t had a functioning sewing machine. Each year I would drive the hour up to my mother-in-law’s and use her machine or borrow it to take home and then frantically sew while I had it.
This year, The Fellow encouraged me to buy both a new Brother’s sewing machine and a serger so we’re all set. I’m going to try to get all that I can sewn up on the machine in the next week or so, and then spend the rest of the time before hand-hemming the more visible pieces.
I’m hoping the new machines will mean this is my last stressed sewing year. I should be able to work on new projects in the winter months.
I’m excited about this event as I plan to go to a ton of classes. I’ve been working on researching a few areas of interest and not getting very far. I’ve come to realize that I don’t learn well by reading alone, and I think it will be beneficial to be able to listen to someone explain and answer questions.
I’m also looking forward to working in the kitchen, warm summer nights walking by torchlight, naps in the midafternoon under the common tent, trying out random crafts, seeing friends, and slipping off to sleep to the sounds of drums in the distance.
I’m so ready to be there!
What are your vacation plans for this summer?