Ready, Steady…

I’m so close to being ready to start this challenge. I need four patterns: a serk, a smokkr, socks and shoes. My patterns are really more cutting layouts, since my clothes are all rectangles and triangles, but “patterns” has fewer syllables.

The serk (undergown) and smokkr (apron dress) patterns are done and ready to go.

Cutting layout for my undergown
Cutting layout for my apron dress

I made two layouts for my smokker, the second one because I forgot that I’d done the first. In both, because I have just finished making a shirt and a tunic, I added a layout for sleeves.

Apron dresses don’t have sleeves. Not having to reserve fabric for sleeves and gussets means that I can make this dress that I’ve never made before, that I sort of made up using semi- educated guesses, using about the same amount of fabric as I use for my usual Hedeby smokkr. Most of the width of the skirt will be in the back, so this may give a swish as seen on the small metal figurines from Birka.

Drawing of a figurine of a woman from Birka, after Flemming Bau, 1981

As for the serk, I learned something very important while making a man’s tunic a couple of months ago: inserting gores into a panel of fabric by hand is not only not scary, it’s really pretty easy. Therefore I’m inserting CF and CB gores to add more room to walk (and for extra practice at doing it). We really don’t know what the serks actually looked like, so my usual practice is to make mine similar to extant tunics, but longer. This one is based on the Skjoldehamn cote, commonly classified as Nockert Type 1.

Nockert Type 1 and Skjoldehamn cote layouts

So those are my two main patterns for my outfit. I’m going to spend the rest of this week designing the patterns for my socks and shoes, so I can get up bright and early on Saturday and get most things cut out and get to sewing. (Yes, yes, I’ll do the materials picture before then. No pressure.)

In the meantime, I still have to work tomorrow. Night, y’all.

About Tasha

Seamstress from Carolingia. Baroness, Norsewoman, semi-pro smarty-pants.
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3 Responses to Ready, Steady…

  1. Kay of Tre Asterium, C.L. says:

    Greetings!
    I sponsored a team that did Norse clothing for the ancestor of this event back in the Middle Kingdom, perhaps 12 years ago. So I made and wore Viking era cloths that day. In my research I found a 3 gore apron from another SCA seamstrss and really liked it. This meant the panel order was Straight Front, Gores on the “princess seam” then w Straight Side panels and a Center Back Gore. Very comfy. If I find that reference I shall share.

    • Tasha says:

      Thanks, that would be nice. I’ve been making and wearing Viking clothing for nearly 20 years. I have a “tried and true” Hedeby pattern that I can make by hand in about 4 days; I don’t expect this pattern, based on Grave ACQ from Køstrup, Norway, to take much longer. More info is always good, so if you run across your reference, I’d love to see it!

      • Kay of Tre Asterium C.L. says:

        NICE! I used to “measure” hems in “how many movies to hand stitch.” It is good to have hand stitching. I will surface at least the name of the person who produced that 3 gore apron.

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