Author: Sylvie

Tunic Sew Along: Construct the tunic

Tunic Sew Along: Construct the tunic

Step 4: Construct the tunic. First things first, thread. Use whatever thread makes you happy. For the construction of a tunic I like a nice 100% cotton thread or something with a polycore. I’ve been told that 100% silk or poly threads will cut through […]

Tunic Sew Along: Cut your fabric

Tunic Sew Along: Cut your fabric

Step 3: Cut your fabric. I’m following my updated Kragelund tunic pattern for Fearghus which I posted (and then updated) here**: Kragelund Tunic: Simplified Pattern My posted pattern already includes seam allowance for flat-felled seams at 1/4″ offset. To cut out the pattern I’m using […]

Flat-felled seam

Flat-felled seam

My favorite seams for making tunics is the flat-felled seam. This seam works well on straight or only slightly curved edges. This type of seam is used on the sleeves of the Viborg Shirt which has been dated to around 1018AD. I normally sew this […]

Tunic Sew Along: Wash and dry your fabric

Tunic Sew Along: Wash and dry your fabric

Step 2: Wash and dry your fabric. My view here is that you want to abuse your fabric as much as possible now and then baby it after it becomes a garment. So wash it on hot, add a nice amount of detergent, set your […]

Kragelund Tunic: Simplified Pattern

Kragelund Tunic: Simplified Pattern

My notes about the original Kragelund tunic are saved in another post. I recommend reading that for more background information. Quick paraphrase: – Tunic made of Wool found in Fattiggårdens mose near the village Kragelund, north west of Silkeborg, Denmark (also approximately 15 miles south […]

Unintentionally intimidating

Unintentionally intimidating

Recently while talking to someone about the SCA I confided that I’m really bad at working with new people. I want to be good at working with new people.. and new people get referred to me because “Sylvie knows about clothes, you should talk to […]

Tunic Sew Along: Buy fabric

Tunic Sew Along: Buy fabric

Step 1: Buy fabric. For tunics I like a nice medium weight linen. I’ve found the fabric from fabrics-store.com IL019 is perfect. For this project I’m going to order 4 yards of cobalt blue IL019 linen. The pattern I made for my husband requires 3 […]

Research is not a dirty word

Research is not a dirty word

“The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis […]

YOLO

YOLO

Recently while speaking about what it means to be a peer in The West in the SCA someone mentioned that they were especially confused by “To speak and to be silent”. If you’re not in The West (or not in the SCA), “To speak and […]

Kentish Anglo-Saxon Gold Brocaded Fillet

Kentish Anglo-Saxon Gold Brocaded Fillet

Note: I’ve decided to go ahead and hit publish on this article even though I have not yet woven the band. I think there’s interesting details here that others may appreciate. Someday I hope to get back to this and actually weave the band. For […]