Viking Apron Dress

Well, I've started it.

I'm not great at picture taking, so most of the pics were way to dark to be posted. :-( Maybe I can get some tomorrow when it is light.

I sort of made up my own pattern, as I found a bunch of different opinions online of how these were made in period.

I knew I didn't really like or want the wrap around style, so I just used two front panels and two flat topped gores on each side. I ended up also with two smaller gores that I could have placed in the front and back of the dress, but I felt that would be overkill. I used the extra material to make facings. More tomorrow...or, since its 1am, today.

Dress for Sale

I made this gown for myself and wore it just twice, once for court and once at the Lord of the Rings museum exhibit. It fits a 60" bust, and has a 100" hem and black and gold trim on the arm seams and at the hem. The neckline has hand embroidery with gold beads. The sleeves are fitted.

It measures 57" from shoulder to hem. It's too short for me. :-(

I had thought about fixing it. But, since I have a bolt of black linen, it seems it would be easier to just make another. Gowns for the larger busted woman are very hard to find. And there was a lot of handsewing involved in this gown (mostly on the trim).

Pending Projects

Do I have to? OMG, there are sooooo many.

But I will begin with what is first on my plate and then go from there:

Linen socks. Yep. I want 'em!

shoes from Lady Oren (okay, I'm not making those, but it's on the list of acquisitions!)

Finish Viking tunic

Make apron dress to match (thereby showing off my stunning brooches I got from Accolon Shadowhawk, a good friend that brought them back from Pennsic as payment for some sewing I did for him. Wayyyyyy overpaid, I was! They are gorgeous.)

Middle Eastern Garb

black linen harem pants

white gauze tunic

Gwazee coat (yeah, I know it's a 19th c. garment, but I love it)

Whoo Hooo!

This will be my dress diary. Where all my crazy schemes come together to make one big 8th-14th century fashion explosion. :-)


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A medieval seamstress in a modern world.