Early Period

Menologion of Basil II

From: Menologion of Basil II (Vat.gr.1613) between 979 and the early years of the 11th century in Constantinople What I see (that I think is cool): St. Hermione: Hermione was beheaded because she would not worship Hercules. “Two servants, Theodulus and Theotimos, were entrusted to […]

Kentish Step Up Outfit

My step up outfit is my current best interpretation of Kentish Dress Style IV with a few caveats. 6th century Kentish finds are from burials. For the most part the fabric has rotted away except where it’s in close proximity to metals (brooches, brocaded tablet […]

Kragelund Tunic

The Nederfrederiksmose Man (also known as Kraglund Man or Frederiksdal Man) was found May 25th 1898 in Fattiggårdens mose near the village Kragelund, north west of Silkeborg, Denmark (also approximately 15 miles south of Viborg, Denmark). The man wore a kirtle of coarse woolen cloth, […]

The Tale of a Tunic AKA: How I learned to do the Vandyke stitch

Once upon a time, at a Pennsic long long ago (2011) I made a tunic for my love. Somehow we’d gotten to site and my love had zero short sleeved tunics. To remedy this I dragged him off to Merchant’s Row where we purchased fabric […]

Kentish Anglo-Saxon “button loops”

I’m currently researching 6th century Kentish Anglo-Saxon women’s clothing with a huge focus on what Penelope Walton Rogers refers to as Dress Style III and Dress Style IV. Dress Style III(picture here) is described as “a garment with a vertical front opening clasped by two […]

Sylvie’s conjectural 6th century Kentish Anglo-Saxon tunic

I’m currently researching 6th century Kentish Anglo-Saxon women’s clothing with a huge focus on what Penelope Walton Rogers refers to as Dress Style III and Dress Style IV. Dress Style III(in the picture) is described as “a garment with a vertical front opening clasped by […]

The curious lack of evidence for 6th century Kentish Anglo-Saxon chemise

I’m currently researching 6th century Kentish Anglo-Saxon women’s clothing with a huge focus on what Penelope Walton Rogers refers to as Dress Style III and Dress Style IV. Dress Style III(a in the picture) is described as “a garment with a vertical front opening clasped […]

Viking clothing musings

In-ter-esting. Brenda Gerritsma on the Viking Clothing group wrote: “Laxdæla saga, Ch 35: Gudrun asks Thord if it’s true his wife Aud always wears breeches with gores in the crotch like a man’s, and leg bindings almost down to her shoes. Later, he asks her […]

Påsbyxor aka “Viking Rus Pants”: simplified modern construction

This pattern is for a 3x-4x man. These require ~4-5 yards of modern width fabric (You can squeeze them out of 4 yards if it’s at least 52″ wide, otherwise, 5 yards). I’ve made them with medium to heavy weight linen. I think these would […]

Påsbyxor aka “Viking Rus Pants”: Background and Research

Diary started June 4, 2010. Copied a pattern from a friend’s pants (simplified modern construction). Made first and second pair of pant on July 1, 2012. I’m making Påsbyxor for Fearghus. These are the oversized Viking pants. Pants that say “Look at my mobility WHEEE […]