I keep finding myself coming back to this blog for an occasional update or just to reorganize.
As much as I’d love to post regularly as I make each costume, It makes it really difficult to navigate for you guys. It also gets a bit hairy when I decide to re-make certain aspects or my already published tutorials arent as successful by the end of the journey (also frustrating for anyone who followed them!).
So I hope these rare but complete posts are making it easier despite the time!
Since Sydney Supanova back in June i’ve been working away on a few different projects (if you’ve been following my Instagram or Facebook page you’ll know which ones!), however I did spontaneously decide to attend St Ives Medieval Fair in September.
Having not had the time to make any decent looking historical / fantasy attire in a long while, I decided to make a whole new set.
After cutting out my own outfit pieces, i discovered i’d bought WAY too much linen and offered my beloved friend Wolveprince Cosplay a tunic to wear in matching colours.
Now after Id made his tunic, a friend from work gifted me five whole meters of beautiful blue linen to do with what I wished, I then offered an outfit to my equally dear Gee of Dee
So now Ill go into the making of!
I was inspired by these lovely ladies pictured above
(The Viking Queen, Tathariel, Maenads craft and Valkyrja)
During this period in history, so much work was put into creating cloth and weaving trims that it makes sense that the general viking clothing designs would have minimal wastage.
Its quite difficult to describe exactly how different the patterning process is to regular pattern making, this is a good idea of how the layout would be and you can see how little fabric would be left over !
Female viking outfits would consist of a long sleeved underdress (or long tunic) made from linen, an apron made from wool or linen and occasionally a forecloth could be worn over the top.
It is worth reading more into the different styles of viking aprons, as we have such little archaeological evidence of them so much of what we see in reenactment is just speculation.
For my apron i made a regular three quarter length apron dress, and just did not put any side gores in. (see image for one with and one without)
For my outfits, I followed Ingrid’s video tutorial. I recommend (As she does!) to watch it through once, take down all your measurements and then watch it again.
I also would recommend drawing out your pattern onto newspaper rather than directly onto the fabric, especially if you’re not too familiar with sewing or even just this method in particular.
The neckline is a little tricky and it was my first time doing a slit one like this!
I put in a neck facing (like this!) when my shoulder seams were sewn and the side seams were not. it makes it far easier than trying to get that slit cut straight when the side seams are sewn!
(This is probably a good point to note that the tunic i made for Nikolai is EXACTLY THE SAME as how I made the underdress! The only difference is I added a yoke style hem in the contrast colour. )
After making my under dress, apron and nikolai’s tunic I decided our outfits were still extremely plain. nothing like what I had hoped!
Even though there was only a week left I decided to throw some embroidery into the mix, I had never done embroidery before in my life so I do warn you, it is quite messy!
I decided on an urnes dragon design,
“A common interpretation of this scene is that it portrays the eternal fight between good and evil. The animal is widely believed to be a stylised lion. In Christian iconography the lion is a symbol of Christ, fighting the evil symbolized by the snake, a common representation of Satan.
On the other hand, it is possible that the decoration of the earlier church featured some scenes from Norse mythology, a likely reason for its premature reconstruction in the 12th century. In this context, the animal may be interpreted as Níðhöggr eating the roots of Yggdrasil. “The intertwined snakes and dragons represent the end of the world according to the Norse legend of Ragnarök.“
I ended up doing the embroidery for Gemmas outfit in the car on the trip up to Sydney which was a little stressful but being my third attempt, I’d finally gotten the hang of it and it was well worth the hard work!!
We were lucky enough to have a shoot with Cosplay Printz before we entered the fair and got some amazing shots I’m so proud to share!
(I am having issues with wordpress making them blurry >_> will fix asap!)
We did manage to have a little bit of silly fun at the end of the shoot with this gem