Patterns and Documentation

If you are looking for instructions on how to make patterns for Viking Age women’s clothing, you have come to the right place. Some of these are patterns I developed and some are patterns I found and liked.

Smokkr (apron-dress) patterns: there are many smokkr patterns available online, I have been particularly happy with a pattern that I developed based on the Hedeby find. My design has five panels with a seam at center-back (based on the probable position of the Hedeby smokkr fragment as published by Inga Hagg). My pattern is available here.

Serk (dress) patterns: there are two basic pattern that I use – a four panel dress with triangular gores (pattern here) or a two panel dress with side gores (here is a nice pattern I found on the web).


8 thoughts on “Patterns and Documentation

  1. The second pattern doesn’t come up.

  2. I just found your blog (it’s a wonderful resource, thank you) and I have a question about your caftan. I’m planning to make myself something similar this weekend. You said that you used triangular gores in the side seams, but it looks like not in the back? I ask because I have seen patterns both with and without the back gores, and I was wondering if you have documentation on that, or if it is simply preference? (Not criticizing either way, just curious.)

    • Thank you! I am glad you find it helpful. I did not use a gore in the center back because I am rarely happy with the fit of that style. Instead I did a shaped back seam (it curves in at the waist and then flares to the hem). This construction is speculative, based on what I interpret as a similar shaped seam from the Hedeby smokkr/apron-dress fragment. If you want to use this style, I suggest having someone drape a pattern for you to get the correct fit.

  3. Unfortunately, I probably won’t have someone to assist me with draping, but I do plan to make a muslin first. I should be posting pictures and my notes to my blog early next week. If it’s okay with you, I’ll link to your blog as one of my resources.

  4. Marie Burrows (Murienn inghen Cett) says:

    Would it be accurate to decorate an apron dress with embroidery such as that found on the Mammen cloak?

    • I suspect this won’t be the most helpful answer, but it really depends on accurate you want to be. In the SCA there is a lot of leeway for an individual to determine what level of authenticity they prefer; if you are part of a group with an authenticity officer I suggest that you direct your question to that person. Having said that, there is no extant evidence for an apron dress decorated with complex embroidery (like the Mammen cloak) so if you want to be strictly authentic I suggest that you stick to tablet weaving, silk bands and simple decorative stitches. However, if you were going to put complex embroidery on an apron dress, the Mammen designs are a good choice because they are from an appropriate time period and location for an apron dress, and they are from an article of clothing.

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