All good intentions seem to lead down the road to hell. Or at least Valhalla.
Friends of mine went and did a thing, so I will be taking a short hiatus from my 16th Century costuming to work on their very period Norse stuff. They have visions, I get to make them reality!
I hear all the time about how easy rectangular construction is… this is embellished truth. I also hear about how viking’s are all the same …. an outright lie. Or how “its all about the embroidery and jewelry”… whoever said that didn’t have 4 weeks to turn around full outfits! I find rectangular construction just as challenging as fitted garments. Mostly I psyche myself out thinking they are so easy and make stupid little mistakes. We will get to those later.
As mentioned, 4 weeks to turn around the following:
Viking Womans undergown – White Linen
Viking Mans undertunic w/ side collar closure – White Linen
Viking Womans gown embllishments – Yellow Linen
Viking apron dress – Red Linen
Viking coat – Red Linen
|Inga’s undergown pattern, including incorrect body measurement|
I started with patterns, since neither had a good pattern that fit. I took a few existing garments and pulled measurements. **Note** When taking a pattern, make sure you’re measuring often and on flat surfaces. Measure again before cutting. I measured and then cut the body of the womans gown too small and it had to be remade… Why do I find body blocks and fitted patterns so much easier!
|Arnsbjorn’s shirt pattern. Sans underarm gussets.|
I wish I could say there was 3 dimensional measuring and math involved, but there really wasn’t. Just a measuring tape and a flat surface, pencil and paper. Once I had the measurements rough sketched, I plotted them on graph paper and started cutting.
All seams were assembled by machine, and finished in either a pressed flat open seam or run and fell seam, whipstitched down. I am particularly proud of how my gores and gussets went in.
|Inset gore at front of Inga’s gown.|
Keep an eye on this space for a tutorial on how to inset gores without the help of a convenient seam.