The purpose of the Senior Student level is to expand your
basic knowledge of costuming in the SCA.
Do all five of the following:
- One garment
- Two items
from either the Other category or the Teaching/Writing category
item from any of the categories (one garment, or one accessory, or one
Other category item, or one Teaching/Writing category item)
Garments and Accessories
- Workmanship requirements:
- Seams are finished in a period manner to prevent raveling, if applicable. Note that there are
times that leaving seams unfinished is appropriate to the fabric and the
article. For example, a fulled wool houpelande's dagging does not require
finishing because it will not ravel.
- An attempt at a period
- A basic comprehension
of period color and fabric choices.
- Documentation minimum requirements:
- An image of one
primary source that you used as the basis for your garment or accessory.
- A one-page written
summary explaining your project.
- A bibliography that
lists the sources you used to research your garment or accessory.
Teaching and Writing Category
- Provide instruction on a costume related
subject for a minimum of one hour. This includes teaching one-on-one
or teaching a class at the Local (Barony or Shire), Kingdom, or National
(for example, at Pennsic or an International Conference) level. Teaching
one-on-one requires a written statement from the student that includes
what you taught, the location, and date. If you taught a class at an
event, provide the class title, event title, location, and date taught.
- Write an article for the Guild
Newsletter (FTSO). The article must be one of the following:
- A costuming or textile
related article of 200 words or more.
- An annotated
bibliography of at least six books on a specific costuming or textile
- A book review of 200
words or more on a costuming or textile art book.
- Take a
class. The class must be on a subject related to costuming or costume-related
textile arts in the SCA time period. Provide the title of the class, the
name of the teacher, the location or event name, and the date when the
class was taken.
- Enter a contest. Enter a garment, an
accessory, or a research paper related to costuming in a Local (Barony or
Shire) or Kingdom-level Contest. Provide the name of the contest, the
location, the date, and the item that you entered. Note that you
may not use the same item that you entered in the contest as one of your
garments, accessories, or research papers for this level.
- Perform service for the Guild. Volunteer
your time for a Costumers Guild event or activity, or serve as a Costumers
Guild Officer or Deputy. Provide the type and amount of
service rendered. Four hours of service is the minimum and may be done
over several events.
In addition to the Junior Student augmentation, the
challenger who completes the Senior Student level is entitled to wear a gem.
- An attempt at proper
silhouette is defined as knowledge of what is appropriate, based on
primary sources, as well as a good attempt at trying to make the garment
- While it is certainly
acceptable to go beyond the minimum requirements, if you have a more
complicated garment, accessory, or class, we recommend that you save it
for a higher level. For example, you may want to save more complicated
items from your primary area of interest for your Scholar level. Or, if the
item is not from your primary area of interest, save it for an entry for
your Journeyman level.
- Examples of entries done by
previous challengers include a fitted dress from a historically based
pattern, a hood, wrote an article on how to do cartridge pleating, entered
the July Coronation Tourney Garb contest, and taught a class for the Shire
on how to do basic blackwork embroidery.
the [Appendices] for a glossary
of terms and more information.
detailed information for the other levels: [Junior Student], [Journeyman], and [Scholar].
See the Appendices for a glossary of terms and
Please contact the Challenges Coordinator if you have any questions.