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Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.

I planned tonight, prior to performing reconstructive surgery on Wolfie's fabric, and I discovered something wonderful when I did the scale drawing (I'm such a geek).

I can get a tunic for him out of 54" of 60" wide fabric -- slightly less than 2 yards! 4.5 feet! This is going to make fabric shopping so much less painful. I need to do layouts for him for narrower fabric, too, then put it all in a little book to carry around at events, so when I see must-have fabric, I know how much I need to make different garments.

Garment45" Fabric54" Fabric60" Fabric
Apron Dressghi
Cotehardie (Tasha)jkl
Cotehardie (Wolfie)stu

I love it when stuff like this works out (plus I got to cross something off my to-do list). I'm probably going to have three yards left from the attendant's fabric, and some from Dad's, and I have five yards of navy blue linen for a tunic for him that's going to be entirely handsewn, so there'll be enough left of it to make an apron dress for me. I smell court garb -- if there's enough of the blue cotton-linen from the attendant's garb, I'll make myself an undergown out of it. Oh, drool drool drool... I may actually end up looking presentable one of these days...

Ooh, and I figured out how to honor my apprentice-peer relationship with my duchess without wearing a belt or a shoulder cord -- neither is appropriate with my Viking garb. So I got to thinking... what accessory can be green, and how can I make it distinctive for her? And it came to me, in the basement, when I was putting fabric in the dryer: a bead swag! I can use green beads and put peacock feather charms on it. Now I just have to find some...

i feel: pleased pleased

5 trips or shoot the rapids
From: nutter4 Date: April 17th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC) (base camp)
404 not found :(

BTW, why is a belt not appropriate for Viking kit? There's little evidence for leather, but woven/tablet-weave should be OK.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 17th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC) (base camp)
404 on which? There are a few links there.

Everything I've read says that the women didn't wear belts. However, I'll admit that isn't much; you probably have better resources than I. It doesn't make too much sense to me, though -- belts keep drafts from going all the way up your skirts to your back and making you really cold. (I'd like some good evidence for proper outerwear, too; all I've heard about so far are open coats.)

That being said, I have a green sash that my mistress gave me, but it's pretty trashed, not the right length, and more cotehardie-era than Viking. I so don't have time to weave one, much as I wish I did. And I just don't want to wear my green leather one -- it's pretty bright, and just screams LOOK AT ME, I'M A GREEN BELT, which is what I want it to do, but not on this occasion. I'm very short-waisted, and it just cuts me right in half.

I do want to honor the relationship, though, and well, her motto is "Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize" for a reason!
From: nutter4 Date: April 17th, 2004 10:23 am (UTC) (base camp)
Everything I've read says that the women didn't wear belts.

I'm going by our society's authenticity guide for female Vikings. This makes reference to fibre belt ends found in Birka graves; also the Shetland grave which I think is the only extant evidence for a woman wearing a leather belt. The impression I get from reading around is that the beltless apron-dress with train and coat/cloak was high-class; lower class women would've had tunics which would've needed a belt; especially when you think they didn't have (as far as we know) specific maternity wear, therefore your dress would sometimes fit you and sometimes hang on you like a tent. Not good news when trying to work.

Leather belts do seem to be out for the period though (unless you're portraying Hiberno-Norse), and there's some argument at the moment about whether or not the Vikings would've dyed leather; finds suggest not, and that decoration was tooled and/or painted on. That said, you can get quite a dramatic greeny-black using iron filings dissolved in vinegar, but it smells rank.

Sorry to waffle on. :) The bead idea sounds cool - otherwise, you could always plait a green ribbon into your hair, or wear it as a fillet - narrow silk is period.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 17th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Make ya a deal, then -- I'll wear a belt when I'm working around camp. On my wedding day, though, I get to be Queen For A Day, and so I'll be all shameless and belt-free. Thanks for the info!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 17th, 2004 01:49 am (UTC) (base camp)
Found the error in the image link and fixed it, BTW.
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