He knows when to catch me in a moment of weakness and I agreed.
Crown Tournament seemed the best time to catch up and get measurements, but as he was competing I didn't want to get in his space beforehand so left it until after the fighting. We joked that this may become a royal commission if he won.
Joked. Ha ha. Hilarity ensues.
Then he won.
|Queen Anna crowns Princess Honig
And there was no time to take measurements after the fact. So I met up with a very stunned Ioannes and an even more stunned Honig at a Dunkin Donuts in Maine to get measurements. We discussed a plan and I got to shopping.
I found the most GLORIOUS teal coat-weight wool at Sewfisticated in Framingham. They'd sold some to a local contestant on Project Runway but had enough for a caftan and Rus viking coat for me. Then I found for $2.99/yard ivory summer-weight wool for the hangerock/apron dress and used the Biking Red linen from Jo-ann's (thank you 60% off coupon).
|Ophelia is my crack fabric-inspector
Now, let me just say here - none of this could have been accomplished without Lady Keziah Planchet. Keziah is a stitching STORM and did almost all the embroidery on Honig's coat and hangerock. She is amazing. Sagas should be written in her honor. BUT before she can embroidery anything - I have to pattern it out and sew it. Her blog is here.
For Honig I made three pieces and sourced a fourth:
- Long red linen underdress - using the pattern from my Viking handout here
- Ivory wool hangerock/apron dress - using the Vigdis pattern from my Viking handout here
- Teal wool caftan with peacock embroidery - using a modified version of the Viking underdress from above and shaping the front opening to have a long V neck.
- A beautiful white fox pelt from Maine that I didn't want to give up and instead wear about always.
- Red linen tunic with contrast ivory yoke with blue "runestone" Tygers
- Brown linen viking pants
- Teal Viking Rus-style coat with gold silk trim
|I had never done split stitch embroidery before - so I learned something new
Images of the finished garments:
|The court at Market Day at Birka
Photo by Jeff Morton
|Her Highness in her full outfit (minus the fox)
Photo by Jenn L Miller