Wednesday, May 9, 2018


IN which our plucky heroine changes a gown into a coat...

My friend Maeva wanted her older wool SCA gown turned into an Anglo-Saxon coat, which I agreed to do.  The original gown, cut down the center front, had strips of blue and white diamond twill wool added to each side of the front opening*. I also shortened the original gown from floor length to calf length and used the cut pieces to both add a bit of width to the center back*, and to patch assorted moth and campfire spark holes that had occurred over the years, as well as to strengthen the gore points
All the burgundy wool edge binding, after being machined in place on the wrong side, was folded over the raw edges and then hand stitched in place on the right side, for a clean on two sides finish

The front neckline overlap, which will be fastened, when worn, with some suitable Anglo- Saxon brooches

The coat sleeve cuffs, which clearly show both the wool tablet weaving, and the block printed trim, as well as the diamond twill wool used on the cuffs and center front
* coats, being worn over assorted layers of clothing, need of necessity to be at least a little bit more spacious, hence the need to add just a bit more width to the coat-to-be

My hope is that this transformation will allow the garment to have a new and useful life for many years to come...

May SMART goals (x=extra)
1 four dot stamp alter Gigi shirts-
2 tiny block w handle tree water buckets-
3 printed trimmove chooks -
4 Maeva coat
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  1. Such a pretty and elegant transformation!

    1. Aw thanks Carol... it should suit my friend Maeva, who looks rather like a beautiful PreRaphaelite vision, and loves wearing deep jewel toned clothing.

  2. Very clever and beautiful transformation. And I imagine just the sort of thing that would have happened in the past.

    1. Thank you Ruthie... Given the hours and hours of personal labor that went into making clothing in the pre-machine made cloth era, I am sure that any garment was used, mended, reused and repurposed until there was no life at all left in the cloth. Some of the few clues we have about Viking Age clothing comes from what are basically scraps of worn out clothing that were tarred and used as caulking in ships, which archaeologists found at the bottom of certain harbors!

  3. Nice job! I love your block-printed trim.

    1. Thank you Louisa... I started learning and using block printing to create a similar effect to the very elaborats silk samite woven fabrics that were traded for, brought back to the Norselands, and cut up and used as trimming on some Viking Age garments. (all this for my own historic recreation clothing) In this historic style coat it is being used to give an effect similar to a tablet woven trimming, but of course much faster to create... I have decided I love block printing as a simple technique for making decorative trimmings for modern clothing as well.