Congratulations! You’ve recently become a swordsman in The Order of the Rose and have earned the right to wear a tabard. The Company of Broderers have been working with The Shire and The Order of the Rose to create official patterns, and to make the process of obtaining a tabard as easy as possible.
How much does it cost?
Before you begin, you need to understand the anticipated cost for the project. The fabrics alone will likely cost anywhere between $100 and $200, depending on how fancy you get. Buttons add an additional $20-$30, and thread may be $5. Trim is another optional expense you might desire. In total, you’re looking anywhere from $150-$300 for your project.
Who sews the tabards?
You are welcome to sew the tabard yourself, or invite someone you know to do it. If you don’t have someone in mind, you can always ask the Company of Broderers to help you find someone willing to make it. Typically, if you’ve needed someone from Terrasylvae to sew the tabard, the cost is $100-$150 for labor.
Where is the pattern?
In the past, there have been multiple patterns floating around the group. However, we’re pleased to say a very talented Melonie Fitch created a formal, consistent pattern for the group to use. The masters of this pattern currently live at Miren Folley’s home. When you are ready for your pattern, you need to determine your measurements (see below) and then schedule a time to meet her and copy the pieces for the particular pattern number you need. The masters will not float amongst the group, as we don’t want to lose them.
What size am I?
You need to take four different measurements to determine the best sized tabard for you. These are best done with a soft measuring tape and an assistant.
- Shoulder width – Poke the top outside edge of your shoulder, it should feel knobby. Measure the width of your shoulders across the back, from one knob to the other.
- Neck – Measure the circumference. Do not worry about wearing a gorget. The pattern already takes the width of them into account.
- Front length – If you finger below your neck, you’ll find a “horseshoe hole” nestled between your collar bones. Measure from that hole to just above the kneecap. Let the measuring tape drape down, just like the tabard would.
- Back length – Lean your head forward and feel the back of your neck. You should feel a small knobby bump close to the bottom of it, almost like a mini adam’s apple. Measure from that point to just above the knee. Again, make sure the measuring tape dangles and that you aren’t conforming it to your body on the way down.
Once you have your measurements, use this chart to find the pattern number that most closely fits your needs. This is the pattern you need to request to copy.
|Pattern #||Shoulder Width||Neck||Front Length||Back Length|
What fabric/notions do I need?
*fabric yardage will depend on pattern number
- Black fabric – cotton velveteen
- Lining fabric – bridal satin is typical, but use whatever you want!
- 1-2 spools of thread
- Interfacing – “sew in” is best with the velveteen
- Buttons – enough to place them probably 1 ½ – 2 inches apart down the front.
- Rose patch
*When you finish your tabard, let the Captain know so you can schedule your Fight of the Tabard!