The March 2016 Historical Sew Monthly challenge is:
Protection – make something to protect yourself (from weather or injury) or your clothes (from soiling etc.)
I missed the February challenge because I really just didn’t have the time, not to mention I only had a rough idea of what I wanted to make. Unfortunately I’m not feeling especially historically-inspired this month either. Most of what I’m sewing right now is mundane clothing which I’ve been neglecting for several months while working towards SCA costumes and projects.
So… My March entry is pretty minor – a set of five Jorvik – style hoods (Viking Age British Isles) which I made for Largess (gifts in the SCA). From left to right there is a medium-weight black linen hood, a self-lined light green linen-look (likely cotton blend) hood, a dark green linen hood, an unlined light green linen-look hood, and a dark green linen hood with a small bright red silk insertion on the fold-back and red herringbone hand-stitching over it.
Historical Sew Monthly
The Challenge: Protection – make something to protect yourself (from weather or injury) or your clothes (from soiling etc.)
The hoods would offer some protection from cool weather or sunshine, though have only been identified for women in the British Isles, not other parts of the Viking world.
Material: Linen and linen-look cotton, with a small piece of silk
Pattern: none – based off instructions from a class I took a year ago.
Year: Viking Age
Notions: thread, embroidery thread
How historically accurate is it? The style is correct, though the extant ones were silk, not linen.
Hours to complete: About an hour each between cutting, sewing, and hand-finishing.
First worn:Not yet, not ever… they’ll be given away the next time there’s a call for largess.
Total cost: Free-ish. The fabric was all either leftovers or given to me. The thread was stash.
I also made a few other things for largess from the scraps and gifted fabric.
I made three small tote bags (kind of half tote, half purse – or it would be a good tote for a child) from gifted and leftover fabrics. I’m actually going to keep the diamond-woven one… and it has an inside zippered pocket for security. The diamond-woven fabric is wool, and it’s lined in dark green linen (the same linen as from the hoods above).
The green bag is cotton, trimmed with the light green linen-look cotton (blend?) from the hoods above. The trim is on the back of the strap, and also binds an free-hanging internal pocket.
The pink bag is a tweed wool, (leftover from my leg wraps) with a stripe of orange-y wool (leftover from my open-front apron dress).
I also made a bunch of small linen bags for small largess giving. The three pinkish bags are for me to give away prizes for the Ninny challenge at the end of March, while the purple ones with the Griffin printed on it are my contribution to the challenge (which is animals). The other two printed bags have a different block-printing on them. The printing was all done at a class on block printing during the summer.