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Viking - Basis of my 10th Century Hedeby attire by Firefly182
Viking - Basis of my 10th Century Hedeby attire
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! :D

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!


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Hey there reader of my bio. I am Rachel, living in IJmuiden - The Netherlands. My favourite thing is creating costumes that catches the attention. The bigger the better I say! Whether it's fantasy or historical, I love being creative and let my mind do things for me.

Apart from costuming I also like modelling as a hobby. So check out my online portfolio at and let me know what you think :)

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rwolf1970 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the watch! Just posted my latest piece if you wanna look :)
Son-of-Icarus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey - thank you so much for the fave! Really like your work too, especially those wings.
What did you make them out of?
Firefly182 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi there! Thank you very much :) The wings you are referring to are made from cellophane and epoxy resin. Not recommended for the long run though ;-)
Son-of-Icarus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No way- they're really cool.
flosvensson Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Heeeej! That was so nice at Castlefest! :-) Can't wait to see the bike ;-)
Firefly182 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey you! It was nice to see you indeed :) I'm also very curious about the bike. I mean: it's in the shed but it's still green and white :P
mariatje Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
je maakt zelf ook erg mooien dingen hoor, sommige dingen staan nog op mij verlanglijstje :)
en wist wel dat ijmuiden toch nog andere crea bea's hadden hahaha
Firefly182 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :) Je gaat me niet vertellen dat je ook in IJmuiden woont right? :o Dat zou echt te grappig zijn!
mariatje Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Hahahah you welkom
Uhm nouw dan vertel ik het je niet maar tis wel zo hahaha
En vond het ook erg grappig toen ik het las hoor :p
Firefly182 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hahaha geweldig! :D Wat een toeval is dit zeg. Nou, wie weet komen we elkaar eens tegen met het een of ander.

Welke stof heb je eigenlijk gebruikt voor je jurk? Is het een katoen-blend?
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