In private ritual I might take time to prepare offerings, slicing up fruit, carefully pouring wine. I might specifically evoke the spirits (Deva/l, Genius Locii) of the materials in the ritual... but in public ritual I just don't have the time. And then, too... if I offer up something wet and red, no one will likely smile and nod at that.
I'm writing a ritual for an upcoming open circle, and I find myself reeling. So much information to present. Everything from the cosmology to the ritual actions - each must be described and explained in it's own way. How much time do I devote to explaining the Stang and it's role? How much to the broom or cauldron? Do I reveal subtle little-m-mysteries, that some might consider bound by oath? Do I keep to the process I use, or alter it to fit the expectations of neo-wiccans?
And that leads me to.... Robe Rage.
I've been scouring the internet for instructions on how to make decent ritual robes. What I've found is that apparently there is not a single goddamned pagan out there who drafts patterns, and that Star Wars fans have better fashion sense.
I also discovered that the sewing/craft stores have cloaks, not robes, or if they have robe patterns they cost $15, require thirty yards of fabric, and look like shit.
So, I'm drafting a pattern for a hooded robe that's simple enough for just about anyone to slam together in a few hours. Embellishing it will take a lot longer. Depending on the size of the person the robe should only take about 7 yards of 45" fabric, or about half that in 60". A shrewd operator could pick up all the needed materials at Wallyworld for $30-ish.