The SCA Iowa garb guide has three different styles of entries showing various complexities of entries as well as different styles and different amount of information. These three different types of entries you will find within the SCA Iowa garb guide include Component Examples, Standard Examples and Advanced Entries.
The component SCAIowa garb guide entries are highlighting specific parts of an ensemble for individual items that people can make. This will include items such as shirts, tunics, hats and any number of other garments and accessories that are commonly made by members of the SCA. The same searchable tags are applied to these individual components as with the rest of the entries used within the SCA Iowa Garb Guide and you may find this useful to discover some project ideas that add to your specific outfit. Many times the components consist of accessories or extra layers to make up the small differences that can really complete an SCA members outfit. Many of these projects also end up being fairly inexpensive and fairly quick, so they make fun projects for people to work on.
The main type of entry used right now within the SCA Iowa garb guide are the Basic Entries. These are the ones that show you a simple snapshot of an outfit from a specific culture, time period or place and hopefully direct you down the road to discovering if this style is the one that you would enjoy using within the SCA. Some of these looks can be obtained with a relatively small number of components, perhaps the outer garment and a couple of accessories, and so they make great starting points for newer members. Other outfits are more complex and required foundational garments and multiple layers as well as specific accessories in order to really pull off the look. These are not out of reach for newer members, but do require a greater effort in order to complete the look.
The more in depth type of entry that we have in the SCA Iowa Garb Guide are the Advanced Entries, which highlight all of the different layers and some of the accessories that go along with creating a more fully realized look. At the moment many of these are thanks to the Calontir Clothing Challenge completed in January of 2021 by members of the SCA from around the world.
In these entries you will find members discussing their projects and detailing the different components that go into creating an ensemble that is more fully realized. Newer members may wish to look upon these as eventual goals and targets to strive for rather than a starting point. These are extremely useful in understanding how the different layers of these garments build on one another to create a complete look. You can also refer to our post discussing how you can make your own wardrobe plan laying out the small steps you can take leading you towards a more fully realized ensemble.