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Herjolfsnes dress

Added Feb 10, 2009

by redoubt

Murray, Utah, Un...






I drafted the pattern based on a medieval dress excavated in Greenland (Herjolfsnes 42). I had a few problem with the pattern but nothing that wasn’t manageable, like the armsceyes being too small, the side gores needing to be eased in to fit, that sort of thing. I also made the underdress (smock) with a pattern I drafted, and I wove the belt.

Material Notes

Herjolfsnes dress: 100% linen fabric, 100% wool bias tape, metallic trim, 2 hook&eyes, thread.

Smock: 100% linen fabric, 100% linen bias tape, thread.

Belt: wooden O-ring, wool yarn, cotton yarn.





drafting, sewing, weaving, modeling, photography, photo editing, by me.

Info on the original piece

Also modeled by Sarah.

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    Feb 10, 2009, 10.44 AMby sew4my3

    I am impressed! I love it when history and sewing comes together! Great fabric!

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    Feb 10, 2009, 08.25 AMby redoubt

    I am going to be selling this one at a Ren fair. I do have other medieval clothes for myself that I wear for SCA.

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    Feb 10, 2009, 07.48 AMby nenasew

    How cool that you made this dress from basic original patterns from the medieval times. Do you go to a medieval fair or do you wear it just for fun.

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