Viking Costumes – Making Of

Viking Costumes – Making Of

I made these costumes for our very first Larp Event. It was about a traditional Viking feast so I wanted to keep the costumes authentic. I did a lot of researching about the fabrics, colors and patterns for the costumes. As you all know I am a perfectionist so finding the right fabrics was quite hard. I went to a lot of fabric stores, a big fabric market and also ordered some of the fabrics in the internet. The main probem was to find fabrics with the typical textures for viking clothing ( for example fishbone and diamond).

diamant fabric viking

I finally found all the fabcrics I was seaching for but I had to dye them. I don´t have the possibilities to dye them naturally with plants, so I took the good old simplicol colors I alsways use to dye my fabrics. You can also mix the colors. Here I mixed orange with green to get a more natural looking green tone.

simlicol dye
The problem here was, that the fabric was 100% wool and wool is more difficult to dye then any other natural fabric (exept of silk). Wool can become felted when you abruptly heat it or cool it down, and the water have to be 60° celsius for over an hour. Oh and you also need a loooot of vinegar. But you also find a full description “how to dye wool” in the instruction sheet.

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A roasting thermometer is perfect to check the temperature

fabric dye
Don´t forget to stir every 5 minutes.

fabric dye

This is how the fabric looks after I wasched it out. On this picture the fabric is not 100% dry, whe it is fully dryed the green tone gets a bit brighter.

fabric dye orange

I also dyed another piece of this beautiful fabric orange. Actually I wanted to make a second apron dress, but I had not enough time before the con… as always ;P

fabric viking textures

These are all the fabrics I used for my costume and for Ralfs. It looks pretty cool when you combine different textured fabrics with plain cotton or linen fabrics.
stoffe_texturen2yarn stitching

For me it is the first time I tried to hand stitch something, and it was more fun than I thought. And because I am a crazy cat lady I decided that my viking character need some cats on her dress. It is kinda relaxing and I love to chill on my sofa and hearing an audio book while I am stitching. Haha and yes, Ralf bought definitively too much yarn.

stitching cat viking embroideryborte2

I added this beautiful tablet weaving braid to my apron dress.

viking chain fibel

Super important for an authentic viking look: the brooches and the chains.

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I also used the hungarian braid stitch to hide the sewing machine seams on the apron, this took me forever. But it was worth it.

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For Ralph I made a typical viking coat and added some hand embroidery and also some beautiful tablet weaving braids. I didn´t made them myself (shame on me), I don´t have the tools and the time…but I definitively want to learn it.

tablet weaving braids

hand embroidery stitching viking

I also added some embroidery, this is the normal (and super easy) chain stitch, the hungarian braid stitch I used for my dress takes a lot more time.

gürtel

This is the belt I bought for Ralfs costume, actually I wanted a belt with more of these round rivets, but they were damn expensive.

fell

I know that using real fur for costumes is a very controversial. I don´t support using real fur for any kind of clothing, but I had these old fur coat from my grandmother and thought why not recycle it for a scarf.

klappenmantel vikinger
This is the finished cloak. I am soooo happy how it turned out.

viking dress

To keep me warm, my dress has a lot of layers. :D

viking dress and cloak

 

Photos from our photoshoot with eosAndy and Skyhunters in Nature.

viking warrior

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viking ferret

owl viking