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« on: March 25, 2012 06:04:14 AM »

So I'm looking to dress as a Viking for a friend's 20th.  What fabrics do y'all suggest for a cloak/cape thing?  What patterns are good for an absolute newb to use?  Thanks!  Smiley
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012 02:17:41 PM »

An easy cape or cloak is a circular-based one. A half circle uses the least fabric, and you can shape it a little bit with darts at the shoulders. Here is a good collection of cloak-making resources. Fulled wool or boiled wool is the best fabric to use. It's warm and easy to sew. At the fabric store, it basically looks like thin felt on a bolt.

For everything else, linen was apparently the most commonly used, alongside wool. From my quick sashay around the internet, it seems that the clothing shapes were quite simple, being almost entirely composed of rectangles and some triangles for gussets and such.

Here's a page detailing what feminine Norse women have worn in ages past.

Another look at feminine dress with photos of costumes.

A pdf handbook for dressing like a Norse woman.

Here's some information on female Norse warriors.

A very cool overview of what Norse people wore and decorated themselves with.

A portal to some useful resources regarding Norse garb.

I gotta say, those big dome brooches with chains hanging between them look really cool! I hope you find these links useful Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012 04:21:58 PM »

Wow, thanks so much for all those links!  Shocked  I was thinking of wearing this dress with a longer white dress/skirt with a long-sleeved shirt underneath (for warmth, because this shindig will be in my autumn/winter).  And then add appropriate bling.  That should be okay, maybe?
« Last Edit: March 25, 2012 04:30:55 PM by nachturnal » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012 09:36:21 PM »

Your link was broken.

I don't see why not Cheesy Throw a knitted shawl over your shoulders and bling yourself out like this lady, and I think you'd be good to go!

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