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Norse Apron Dress, based on Danish find.

Added Jul 18, 2010

by kaousuu

San Diego, Calif...






I do historical costuming, it’s in fact what I’m studying professionally. ;) This is my short sleeved Norse ensemble that I made for a hot weather event on Cape Cod. They probably wouldn’t have worn short-sleeves, but…it was 90. I needed lightweight, washable and possibly expendable for the underdress. I do have nicer long sleeve tunic dresses, but they didn’t get worn at Vinland Raids!

I’ve since…spruced up the dress over the course of the past couple of years so I’ve added more pictures of the embellishment I’ve done since I made it initially. A ton of handwork, but totally worth it. The beads and brooches also received an upgrade.

The blue baldric I’m wearing is not a pouch, it’s my man-at-arms baldric in the SCA with favors attached to it. :)

Material Notes

Rust wool, cotton broadcloth. Woven trim. Pattern for the apron dress can be found here: http://www.silverdor.org/viking/vikingad.html




Garment Type
Ethnic, Geek
Cotton, Blends, Wool

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    Jul 26, 2010, 09.57 PMby simboeck


    The pattern is quite simple…

    For the apron dress, take two rectangular pieces for back and front, insert triangular gores to flare it out.

    For the under dress… it’s basically the same, but longer and with sleeves.

    Both, the apron dress and the under dress, can also have gores in the centre. Alternatively the under dress can be pleated, which gives a quite nice fit around the upper chest and lots of room for movement.

    Commercial trim is often not strong enough to hold the dress for a long time (it will need replacing rather frequently). One can either use woven trim, such as tablet- or inkle weave or just support it by running a strip of strong fabric, e.g. the wool used to make the apron dress, underneath it.

    The pouch would often have been attached to a belt rather than being held by a shoulder strap, though I like the embroidery. Pity there is no close-up of it.

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      Jul 27, 2010, 08.02 PMby kaousuu

      If you’re referring to the blue strap, that’s my Man-at-arms baldric with embroidered favors attached to it, not a pouch. Sorry for the confusion!

      The shoulder straps are plain flat-woven hemp bands.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 03.09 PMby angelical

    Nice job! did you use a pattern for the 2 dresses?

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    Jul 26, 2010, 01.28 AMby darcyfarcy

    Very cool. The picture of you should have been the main pic. It looks great on you.

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