But surely there are three basic re-enactorisms which everyone understands?
1) Re-enactment is the only place where men can loudly admire one another's shoes in public without assumptions being made about their sexuality.
2) Put one group of ten re-enactors in a closed room for four hours and when you release them, you will have four different groups;
one of which will still be schisming over the correct shoe polish and another which will have changed period.
3) He/she who dies with the largest fabric stash, wins.
Does anyone really only buy just enough
yardage - thereby not allowing for washing shrinkage, children's growth spurts, unexpected moth or untimely tears etc (or is it my old problem and time for rehab again?).
, this isn't about profligacy. Planning kit requirements ahead and purchasing a little extra when textile X is common and lower-priced to put by for later need is a sensible economy. If you don't use it, then you can always sell it off at times of market dearth.#
In years gone by you couldn't get linen - now good, easily affordable wool cloth is pressured. As with many things, prices are reverting after many years of unusually low, over-competitive pricing based on the misbegotten principle of everlasting mass consumption. Personally, I can only raise one mug to my mouth at a time (polite version), so 'less is more', as it makes sense to invest in fewer, better quality items (how authentic, just like our forebears did).............instead of having to rent storage space for unused, 'adequate' stuff.
Value is comparative and is often calculated as purchase price
divided by number of times used
equals real cost
. If it you buy it at £5 and you use it once, it cost you £5. If you buy it at £30 but you used it 12 times, it cost you £2.50.
Nowadays many established traders also sell online. While I'd recommend many for face-to-face shopping (the surest way to purchase cloth - you need to feel the weight and hang: for all my experience and luck, I have still got caught out buying online), I happily send beginners online to Anwar Ali at Herts Specialist fabrics who will answer questions with sense, even for linens outside his core specialism http://www.hertsfabrics.co.uk/
. I am sure there are others, but I am out of the loop, being under a strict family interdict to use up m'present hoard.
Otherwise, see the Tuppence's thread on recommended local haberdashers - http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewt ... f=3&t=4932
you will pay more, but it leaves you extra options when short of time or changes of need upset your careful pre-planning. Remember that your time also has value - you may save £ on fabric driving for an hour to avoid the extra £5 of cost in your local haberdasher, but how much was your time worth? And your fuel? And of what value is it to you to have the option of a local haberdashers still trading to drop into?
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Or even make up into modern clothing and goods to enjoy in everyday life. [/heresy alert]