We do a lot of events. Lots and lots
of events. SCA, steampunk, living history, you name it – if
there’s people in funny clothes, we’re there trying to sell them more
I hear it every event. A customer will
say, “You’re going to hate me” followed by “I didn’t
hand-stitch this” or “I used a poly blend”.
Please stop doing that.
We applaud your efforts to make
historical clothing whether you painstakingly replicate a Medieval
tunic using hand-woven wool spun from bred-back sheep or make an
Elizabethan doublet from Day-Glo polyester camouflage. Some people
have been known to do both in one weekend.
We think that’s awesome.
Yes, we give you a path to replicate
historical clothing. No, we do not think less of you if you don’t go
as far as we do. And hell, we often don’t go as far as you might
think we do. Robin machine-sews a LOT of things, because she’s got
flaming, hot balls of tendonitis in both arms. Bob is developing
some painful arthritis, which means he’s got to stop whining and
learn how to use the Singer.
In fact, we want to see what you’ve
done with one of our patterns. We want to take pictures, study what
you’ve done, ask you about the choices you made and why you made
them. Why? So we can tell other customers about it!
We want you to display the pride you
should have in what you’ve done with a Reconstructing History
product. No matter who you are or what “historical clothing street
cred” you think you should have, we will never hate, berate, poke
fun, snark at, or otherwise be nasty meany pants to you for the
choices you’ve made.
So if you come up to Bob at an event
and start with “You’re going to think I suck…” he will slap the
goose-snot out of you.