Lately I’ve been loving the Instagram feed from a costumer from the Pacific Northwest – Midgaarb. She shows off a lot of Viking-inspired costumes, along with beautiful evocative photos of the beauty of the PNW. When I came across a piece of wool-blend plaid in my stash from the April 2017 Grandmother’s Fabric Sale, I immediately thought of Midgaarb’s hooded capelets, and crossed my fingers that the yardage (less than 2 meters) would be enough.
The pattern is absolutely not historically-informed. The overall shape is similar to the Skjoldehamn hood, which is post-Viking period, but my version is much less fabric-efficient than the Skjoldehamn hood. The pattern accommodates the shoulder shape in a similar way that London Hood does – though this too is post-Viking period.
However, I’ve appreciated the look-and-feel of these hoods on Midgaarb’s Instagram feed, and wanted to create something similar (although not exactly the same… since I’m not using her patterns, but rather drafted my own!)
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I've been so inspired by the costume hoods on @midgaarb's instafeed that I decided to use a little bit of the plaid wool I got from my former teacher to make a warm & cosy #Viking inspired capelette hood for myself. Serging edges of the cape here… after giving my #serger a good cleaning and oiling! The pattern for this is NOT especially fabric efficient, and while it vaguely resembles the fit of the post-Viking period Greenland hood… and to a lesser extent the well-past Viking-Period London Hood… my version is definitely not informed by ANY #historical research. However… the way Midgaarb styles theirs gives a lovely early period #Norse look-and-feel nonetheless. I hope mine is as pretty! . 👗🖤👗 #midgaarb #inspired #hood #cape #capelette #NorseReenactment #reenactorsOfInstagram #SocietyForCreativeAnachronism #medieval #medievalCraft #historicalReenactment #cosplay #LARP #costume #sewing #videoClip #video #vikingwoman #vikingReenactment #handmade
In my Instagram video I said that I got the fabric from my former teacher – when I looked at my notes on the fabric I realized I was incorrect – this fabric was from the Grandmother’s sale… so I probably paid about $2-4 for this fabric in total.
I cut the fabric and did the construction entirely on my sewing machines. While I often will do my main seams by machine and then finish by hand – I wasn’t interested in spending the time on hand-work for a garment that I already know isn’t historically-informed.
Even if it’s not historically informed – I really like how this fits over the shoulders – and with the deep hood it looks nice with the hood down as well.
While I really liked this – I wanted it longer.. so ended up doing two more hoods in this style… more to come in upcoming posts!
If you haven’t already visited Midgaarb on Instagram, I recommend it – she makes gorgeous Viking style costume pieces, and takes beautiful photos that will make you want to don all your wool and get out into the forest!