The basics are done! On the photo you see my 100% linen dress in an earthy purple color. It's floor length as you see (it looks longer on the photo).
On top of that is a red apron made from 100% woolen fabric with a herringbone pattern. You can't see that very clearly on this photo but I have a close-up
About historical accuracy.... I tried to get as close to the real thing as possible so I based this outfit on finds from the 10th Century Hedeby/Haithabu settlement. They found clothing pieces which many smart people researched and reconstructed
One thing for example is that aprons and underdresses were likely to be tighter than other ones found from that timeframe.
The fabrics are 100% natural, which was really a 'thing' for me.
The dress is made from a general Viking pattern with gores in the front, back and sides. Pretty much ok for the 10th Century Dane
The apron is made from 4 pieces like they would have done in Hedeby according to researchers.
Because I don't have a huge budget, I bought Dorestad brooches instead of really expensive Hedeby brooches. Also, I made the bead strings myself with as many non-plastic beads as possible. There are only a few in them so yay for me!
Next up: add card woven trim to the top and bottom of the apron (let's just say this Viking is a rich and wealthy woman who could afford this much trimming), embroider the neckline and wrists with a herringbone design, make leather shoes and wait for the hubby to finish my wooden bag handles. That's authentic looking bag handles for an authentic bag dear people
I will wear this outfit to Elfia, a Dutch enormous fantasy fair on 25 & 26 April.
Any tips, hints or questions? Please do let me know!