Plaid apron dress – HSM October

Plaid apron dress (hangerock) with a fake fur stole and white linen underdress. Adding new items to my Viking Age wardrobe.

New plaid apron dress

In summer 2016 I hosted a supply swap – with the plan for it to be part of a two-event challenge in the SCA, however there wasn’t enough participation so I had to cancel the second part. However, I did come away with some lovely wool plaid fabric from Asny Hafdansdoitter, a SCA player from another kingdom.

The yardage is a medium charcoal grey, with light grey, navy blue, and burgundy plaid. The only challenge for me – it was only 170cm long by 140cm wide – much too small for most of the garments I’d want to make for myself.

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Drab grey-green wool apron dress

Drab green apron dress worn with my previously made dark green wool underdress

Drab green apron dress worn with my previously made dark green wool underdress

While making the drab green-grey wool underdress, I noticed how well the drab worked with the dark green underdress I made a while back. I decided to use the remaining fabric leftover from the underdess to make an apron dress too. (I don’t plan on wearing them together, instead I’ll wear the drab grey-green with the dark green.)

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Blue wool apron dress

Blue wool apron dress over a green wool underdress

Blue wool apron dress over a green wool underdress

In early September I was laid off from work (after over 6 years working there) which meant that I had a wee bit of spare time on my hands between applying for a new job and trying to get other things in order.

Of course, this meant spare time meant sewing time!

The first item I made was a wool apron dress.

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Embroidered Apron Panel

Open-front apron dress with embroidered front panel

Open-front apron dress with embroidered front panel

This is one of those… grudgingly approached projects. If you remember from my Open Front Apron Dress post, I have some qualms about how period-correct the idea of wearing an open-front apron dress with a rectangular apron panel might be. The open-front apron seems totally impractical (although yes, it might have been something worn for special occasions) though at least the panel seems a bit more practical – as long as it’s belted that is so it doesn’t fall into the fire when you’re leaning over the fire!

Still, once I made up the dress, I needed to make the panel, so I figured I’d just go for it.

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