Dressing Up

Viking meChristina here. This past weekend Wench Nicola and I have been attending the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual conference. It was held in Telford this year and the day before we took part in a special meet-the-author event at the local library. There were twelve of us, all authors of historical romance, fantasy, timeslip, time travel, sagas or alternative history stories. And some of us decided to attend the event dressed in a costume befitting the historical eras we were writing about to make it more fun. For me that meant a Viking outfit of course, and I’d made part of it myself.

As a little girl, I loved to play dress-up and I still do. If anyone says they’re having a masquerade or costume party of any kind, I’m in. So whenever there is a chance to dress up in historical costume to do with my books, I get very excited. During the pandemic I decided to put together a Viking outfit on the off-chance I would ever get to do author events again and I’m very glad now that I did. I could have taken the easy way out and just bought one online, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, I started to look at how I could do some of it myself. It was great research, if nothing else, as some of my heroines have to make their own clothes.

Smokkr pattern bookA Viking woman usually wore an underdress called a serk made of linen. (Slaves were not so lucky, they just had one dress made of wool – itchy!). I could have made one of these, but found some ready-made that didn’t cost a fortune so I bought one. It is a simple A-line shape with long sleeves, fairly narrow at the wrists, and an opening at the throat that needs to be closed with a brooch. I have just the thing – a so-called trefoil brooch I found in Norway.

On top of this, she would wear either just a smokkr – an overdress that looks a bit like two aprons sewn together – or that and a long-sleeved woollen dress underneath to add warmth in winter.

Pattern cutoutI had a look around and found a pattern book for apron dresses. Archaeologists have found several different types (presumably fashions varied throughout Scandinavia) and I really liked one that was slightly fitted so I decided to make one of those. It seemed more flattering, especially on a short person like myself. The pattern book only came with a very small version though, which meant I had to buy pattern paper and try to make a larger version. Luckily for me, my younger daughter was staying with me at the time and math is her forte. With her help, I created the correct sized pattern pieces.

SewingIt's one thing to say Vikings wore woollen dresses, but what type of wool? I asked some re-enactors what they had made their costumes out of and they recommended a specific cloth merchant who specialised in historical materials. I told him what colour I wanted and he sent me some swatches to choose from. I fell for a lovely moss-green wool and bought some of that. When it arrived, I was amazed at how thick it was, not to mention heavy! Ideal for Scandinavian winters – humid UK summers not so much.

Band weavingCutting out the pieces was scary, but once it came together and I actually ended up with something that looked like a smokkr it was quite exciting. I cheated a little bit and did some of the seams on a sewing machine, but I finished off the hems by hand. The two shoulder straps were held in place with oval brooches – tortoise brooches – so I asked for a pair of those for Christmas. That makes such a difference to the overall look as it’s a familiar sight on Viking women. Whenever archaeologists find a pair in excavated graves they know immediately they’re dealing with someone from that era.

Pattern band twoThe smokkr wasn’t quite finished though. Vikings were very fond of decorations, especially woven bands to edge their garments. As I’d done a course in bandweaving the previous year, I made some for the hem and straps. I don’t know how authentic the colours are but I like how cheerful they look! And Vikings liked gaudy colours as far as I understand.

If I was a rich Viking woman (which of course I wanted to pretend to be), I would wear lots of jewellery, especially strings of beads strung between the two tortoise brooches. Glass beads were costly for them, but these days they’re not expensive which meant I could have quite a few. I also added some amber beads, both polished and unpolished, which would have been common in the Baltic area. And a silver bracelet or two completed the look.

Viking bootsI could have stopped there, but most Viking women wore a leather belt with a pouch or two hanging off it. I added those – the pouch containing a fire iron and flint, plus some tiny shears – and the final touch was a pair of Viking style ankle boots. They remind me of the pixie boots I wore in the 1980s and are actually very comfortable although I think they need to be worn in more. (I found a pair online – as I said, it’s possible to buy the entire outfit if you want).

As for my hair, unfortunately I don’t have blond Scandinavian tresses, and although my hair is long enough to tie in a knot at the nape of my neck like they apparently did, I decided I’d rather have a different style. Who knows if it was authentic, but I liked it!

Viking hairAnd voila, I was ready to meet our readers!

Nicola looked amazing dressed as a Cavalier and we had a lovely time!

LibraryDo you like dressing up and have you ever made a costume for yourself of any kind? For Halloween or a costume party perhaps? Do tell!

140 thoughts on “Dressing Up”

  1. You both look fabulous and I am very much in awe of your sewing and weaving skills.
    As for colours, I went to a museum dealing with Alamannen recently (south Gernan and Swiss tribe during late Roman times, apparently originating from much further north) and they had a display with all the colours possible from natural dye. That display was a veritable rainbow, so I think you were absolutely right to use colourful patterns.

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  2. You both look fabulous and I am very much in awe of your sewing and weaving skills.
    As for colours, I went to a museum dealing with Alamannen recently (south Gernan and Swiss tribe during late Roman times, apparently originating from much further north) and they had a display with all the colours possible from natural dye. That display was a veritable rainbow, so I think you were absolutely right to use colourful patterns.

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  3. You both look fabulous and I am very much in awe of your sewing and weaving skills.
    As for colours, I went to a museum dealing with Alamannen recently (south Gernan and Swiss tribe during late Roman times, apparently originating from much further north) and they had a display with all the colours possible from natural dye. That display was a veritable rainbow, so I think you were absolutely right to use colourful patterns.

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  4. You both look fabulous and I am very much in awe of your sewing and weaving skills.
    As for colours, I went to a museum dealing with Alamannen recently (south Gernan and Swiss tribe during late Roman times, apparently originating from much further north) and they had a display with all the colours possible from natural dye. That display was a veritable rainbow, so I think you were absolutely right to use colourful patterns.

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  5. You both look fabulous and I am very much in awe of your sewing and weaving skills.
    As for colours, I went to a museum dealing with Alamannen recently (south Gernan and Swiss tribe during late Roman times, apparently originating from much further north) and they had a display with all the colours possible from natural dye. That display was a veritable rainbow, so I think you were absolutely right to use colourful patterns.

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  6. It was such fun to be a part of the event, Christina, and your outfit was amazing – so impressive to have made it yourself and so lovely to be able to see the authentic detail! Your Viking sword was great as well!!

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  7. It was such fun to be a part of the event, Christina, and your outfit was amazing – so impressive to have made it yourself and so lovely to be able to see the authentic detail! Your Viking sword was great as well!!

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  8. It was such fun to be a part of the event, Christina, and your outfit was amazing – so impressive to have made it yourself and so lovely to be able to see the authentic detail! Your Viking sword was great as well!!

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  9. It was such fun to be a part of the event, Christina, and your outfit was amazing – so impressive to have made it yourself and so lovely to be able to see the authentic detail! Your Viking sword was great as well!!

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  10. It was such fun to be a part of the event, Christina, and your outfit was amazing – so impressive to have made it yourself and so lovely to be able to see the authentic detail! Your Viking sword was great as well!!

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  11. Thank you so much, Nicola! I loved your outfit too – you know I have a very soft spot for Cavaliers! It was great fun to get to dress up, we should do it more often!

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  12. Thank you so much, Nicola! I loved your outfit too – you know I have a very soft spot for Cavaliers! It was great fun to get to dress up, we should do it more often!

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  13. Thank you so much, Nicola! I loved your outfit too – you know I have a very soft spot for Cavaliers! It was great fun to get to dress up, we should do it more often!

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  14. Thank you so much, Nicola! I loved your outfit too – you know I have a very soft spot for Cavaliers! It was great fun to get to dress up, we should do it more often!

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  15. Thank you so much, Nicola! I loved your outfit too – you know I have a very soft spot for Cavaliers! It was great fun to get to dress up, we should do it more often!

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  16. I admire those of my friends who feel comfortable dressing up. Personally I loathe it. I hate the thought that someone might look at my costume and judge me. I judge my own costumes, if I’ve tried dressing up, against those others have made and I always find myself lacking. I feel uncomfortable and acutely embarrassed when dressed up in public and generally can’t wait to escape. I hate the thought that I might draw attention to myself and I feel as though a costume is going to do that. It’s just not for me. I do, however, travel with a small alpaca called Alice and she is a show pony. She’s made herself a slumber suit for the upcoming Romance Writers Of Australia cocktail party and she’s bursting with excitement.

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  17. I admire those of my friends who feel comfortable dressing up. Personally I loathe it. I hate the thought that someone might look at my costume and judge me. I judge my own costumes, if I’ve tried dressing up, against those others have made and I always find myself lacking. I feel uncomfortable and acutely embarrassed when dressed up in public and generally can’t wait to escape. I hate the thought that I might draw attention to myself and I feel as though a costume is going to do that. It’s just not for me. I do, however, travel with a small alpaca called Alice and she is a show pony. She’s made herself a slumber suit for the upcoming Romance Writers Of Australia cocktail party and she’s bursting with excitement.

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  18. I admire those of my friends who feel comfortable dressing up. Personally I loathe it. I hate the thought that someone might look at my costume and judge me. I judge my own costumes, if I’ve tried dressing up, against those others have made and I always find myself lacking. I feel uncomfortable and acutely embarrassed when dressed up in public and generally can’t wait to escape. I hate the thought that I might draw attention to myself and I feel as though a costume is going to do that. It’s just not for me. I do, however, travel with a small alpaca called Alice and she is a show pony. She’s made herself a slumber suit for the upcoming Romance Writers Of Australia cocktail party and she’s bursting with excitement.

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  19. I admire those of my friends who feel comfortable dressing up. Personally I loathe it. I hate the thought that someone might look at my costume and judge me. I judge my own costumes, if I’ve tried dressing up, against those others have made and I always find myself lacking. I feel uncomfortable and acutely embarrassed when dressed up in public and generally can’t wait to escape. I hate the thought that I might draw attention to myself and I feel as though a costume is going to do that. It’s just not for me. I do, however, travel with a small alpaca called Alice and she is a show pony. She’s made herself a slumber suit for the upcoming Romance Writers Of Australia cocktail party and she’s bursting with excitement.

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  20. I admire those of my friends who feel comfortable dressing up. Personally I loathe it. I hate the thought that someone might look at my costume and judge me. I judge my own costumes, if I’ve tried dressing up, against those others have made and I always find myself lacking. I feel uncomfortable and acutely embarrassed when dressed up in public and generally can’t wait to escape. I hate the thought that I might draw attention to myself and I feel as though a costume is going to do that. It’s just not for me. I do, however, travel with a small alpaca called Alice and she is a show pony. She’s made herself a slumber suit for the upcoming Romance Writers Of Australia cocktail party and she’s bursting with excitement.

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  21. Dressing up definitely isn’t for everyone, Shelagh, and I’m sure there are lots of people who feel the same as you. Alice sounds wonderful though and I hope you’ll share some photos of her from the party!

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  22. Dressing up definitely isn’t for everyone, Shelagh, and I’m sure there are lots of people who feel the same as you. Alice sounds wonderful though and I hope you’ll share some photos of her from the party!

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  23. Dressing up definitely isn’t for everyone, Shelagh, and I’m sure there are lots of people who feel the same as you. Alice sounds wonderful though and I hope you’ll share some photos of her from the party!

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  24. Dressing up definitely isn’t for everyone, Shelagh, and I’m sure there are lots of people who feel the same as you. Alice sounds wonderful though and I hope you’ll share some photos of her from the party!

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  25. Dressing up definitely isn’t for everyone, Shelagh, and I’m sure there are lots of people who feel the same as you. Alice sounds wonderful though and I hope you’ll share some photos of her from the party!

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  26. Christina, my husband got online earlier than I did this morning, and immediately told me what a great blog you did! I love the picture of you and Nicola in your respective costumes. Very impressive!
    I’ve never even heard of a course in ‘bandweaving,’ but you clearly put it to good use. As you said, creating so much of your own costume is good research. (But my sympathies for you for having to wear heavy Viking woolens in record breaking British heat!)
    I’m not much for costumes, but I’m a very good audience and much admire those of you who do it so well.

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  27. Christina, my husband got online earlier than I did this morning, and immediately told me what a great blog you did! I love the picture of you and Nicola in your respective costumes. Very impressive!
    I’ve never even heard of a course in ‘bandweaving,’ but you clearly put it to good use. As you said, creating so much of your own costume is good research. (But my sympathies for you for having to wear heavy Viking woolens in record breaking British heat!)
    I’m not much for costumes, but I’m a very good audience and much admire those of you who do it so well.

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  28. Christina, my husband got online earlier than I did this morning, and immediately told me what a great blog you did! I love the picture of you and Nicola in your respective costumes. Very impressive!
    I’ve never even heard of a course in ‘bandweaving,’ but you clearly put it to good use. As you said, creating so much of your own costume is good research. (But my sympathies for you for having to wear heavy Viking woolens in record breaking British heat!)
    I’m not much for costumes, but I’m a very good audience and much admire those of you who do it so well.

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  29. Christina, my husband got online earlier than I did this morning, and immediately told me what a great blog you did! I love the picture of you and Nicola in your respective costumes. Very impressive!
    I’ve never even heard of a course in ‘bandweaving,’ but you clearly put it to good use. As you said, creating so much of your own costume is good research. (But my sympathies for you for having to wear heavy Viking woolens in record breaking British heat!)
    I’m not much for costumes, but I’m a very good audience and much admire those of you who do it so well.

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  30. Christina, my husband got online earlier than I did this morning, and immediately told me what a great blog you did! I love the picture of you and Nicola in your respective costumes. Very impressive!
    I’ve never even heard of a course in ‘bandweaving,’ but you clearly put it to good use. As you said, creating so much of your own costume is good research. (But my sympathies for you for having to wear heavy Viking woolens in record breaking British heat!)
    I’m not much for costumes, but I’m a very good audience and much admire those of you who do it so well.

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  31. Thank you so much, Mary Jo, glad you both enjoyed it! It definitely wasn’t the ideal time to be wearing a heavy woollen dress but thank goodness there was air conditioning where we were!

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  32. Thank you so much, Mary Jo, glad you both enjoyed it! It definitely wasn’t the ideal time to be wearing a heavy woollen dress but thank goodness there was air conditioning where we were!

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  33. Thank you so much, Mary Jo, glad you both enjoyed it! It definitely wasn’t the ideal time to be wearing a heavy woollen dress but thank goodness there was air conditioning where we were!

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  34. Thank you so much, Mary Jo, glad you both enjoyed it! It definitely wasn’t the ideal time to be wearing a heavy woollen dress but thank goodness there was air conditioning where we were!

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  35. Thank you so much, Mary Jo, glad you both enjoyed it! It definitely wasn’t the ideal time to be wearing a heavy woollen dress but thank goodness there was air conditioning where we were!

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  36. Thanks for your wonderful post and pictures, Christina. I’ll admit to wishing to see the tortoise brooches which were hiding behind your hair. I hope you’ll have many more opportunities to share your outfit!

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  37. Thanks for your wonderful post and pictures, Christina. I’ll admit to wishing to see the tortoise brooches which were hiding behind your hair. I hope you’ll have many more opportunities to share your outfit!

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  38. Thanks for your wonderful post and pictures, Christina. I’ll admit to wishing to see the tortoise brooches which were hiding behind your hair. I hope you’ll have many more opportunities to share your outfit!

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  39. Thanks for your wonderful post and pictures, Christina. I’ll admit to wishing to see the tortoise brooches which were hiding behind your hair. I hope you’ll have many more opportunities to share your outfit!

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  40. Thanks for your wonderful post and pictures, Christina. I’ll admit to wishing to see the tortoise brooches which were hiding behind your hair. I hope you’ll have many more opportunities to share your outfit!

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  41. Oh I hadn’t thought about that – sorry! Will include a photo of them sometime. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post!

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  42. Oh I hadn’t thought about that – sorry! Will include a photo of them sometime. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post!

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  43. Oh I hadn’t thought about that – sorry! Will include a photo of them sometime. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post!

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  44. Oh I hadn’t thought about that – sorry! Will include a photo of them sometime. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post!

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  45. Oh I hadn’t thought about that – sorry! Will include a photo of them sometime. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post!

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  46. Great Outfit. I made George and Martha WAshington outfits for my children one Halloween. Those Georgian dresses are hard to handle. I once dressed as Caliban from the Tempest for a day. Most of my dressing up has been in Regency like gowns I have made and worn to Jane Austen meetings. Though I do use patterns that are supposed to be fairly accurate for the time, I am not HA because I used a sewing machine and elastic as I don’t have a maid.I once wore a Regency outfit in a bookstore inviting people to join the Jane Austen Society. So, under suitable conditions, I am happy to dress up.

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  47. Great Outfit. I made George and Martha WAshington outfits for my children one Halloween. Those Georgian dresses are hard to handle. I once dressed as Caliban from the Tempest for a day. Most of my dressing up has been in Regency like gowns I have made and worn to Jane Austen meetings. Though I do use patterns that are supposed to be fairly accurate for the time, I am not HA because I used a sewing machine and elastic as I don’t have a maid.I once wore a Regency outfit in a bookstore inviting people to join the Jane Austen Society. So, under suitable conditions, I am happy to dress up.

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  48. Great Outfit. I made George and Martha WAshington outfits for my children one Halloween. Those Georgian dresses are hard to handle. I once dressed as Caliban from the Tempest for a day. Most of my dressing up has been in Regency like gowns I have made and worn to Jane Austen meetings. Though I do use patterns that are supposed to be fairly accurate for the time, I am not HA because I used a sewing machine and elastic as I don’t have a maid.I once wore a Regency outfit in a bookstore inviting people to join the Jane Austen Society. So, under suitable conditions, I am happy to dress up.

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  49. Great Outfit. I made George and Martha WAshington outfits for my children one Halloween. Those Georgian dresses are hard to handle. I once dressed as Caliban from the Tempest for a day. Most of my dressing up has been in Regency like gowns I have made and worn to Jane Austen meetings. Though I do use patterns that are supposed to be fairly accurate for the time, I am not HA because I used a sewing machine and elastic as I don’t have a maid.I once wore a Regency outfit in a bookstore inviting people to join the Jane Austen Society. So, under suitable conditions, I am happy to dress up.

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  50. Great Outfit. I made George and Martha WAshington outfits for my children one Halloween. Those Georgian dresses are hard to handle. I once dressed as Caliban from the Tempest for a day. Most of my dressing up has been in Regency like gowns I have made and worn to Jane Austen meetings. Though I do use patterns that are supposed to be fairly accurate for the time, I am not HA because I used a sewing machine and elastic as I don’t have a maid.I once wore a Regency outfit in a bookstore inviting people to join the Jane Austen Society. So, under suitable conditions, I am happy to dress up.

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  51. That all sounds wonderful, Nancy! I tried making a Regency dress once and it was a lot trickier than I’d thought. But it was great fun to wear – I just love dressing up!

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  52. That all sounds wonderful, Nancy! I tried making a Regency dress once and it was a lot trickier than I’d thought. But it was great fun to wear – I just love dressing up!

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  53. That all sounds wonderful, Nancy! I tried making a Regency dress once and it was a lot trickier than I’d thought. But it was great fun to wear – I just love dressing up!

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  54. That all sounds wonderful, Nancy! I tried making a Regency dress once and it was a lot trickier than I’d thought. But it was great fun to wear – I just love dressing up!

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  55. That all sounds wonderful, Nancy! I tried making a Regency dress once and it was a lot trickier than I’d thought. But it was great fun to wear – I just love dressing up!

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  56. I’ve only once had the opportunity to dress up and that was to attend a Regency ball with my daughters. I felt quite self conscious but I did enjoy it!
    Both your costumes look fantastic. Great sewing Christina.

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  57. I’ve only once had the opportunity to dress up and that was to attend a Regency ball with my daughters. I felt quite self conscious but I did enjoy it!
    Both your costumes look fantastic. Great sewing Christina.

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  58. I’ve only once had the opportunity to dress up and that was to attend a Regency ball with my daughters. I felt quite self conscious but I did enjoy it!
    Both your costumes look fantastic. Great sewing Christina.

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  59. I’ve only once had the opportunity to dress up and that was to attend a Regency ball with my daughters. I felt quite self conscious but I did enjoy it!
    Both your costumes look fantastic. Great sewing Christina.

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  60. I’ve only once had the opportunity to dress up and that was to attend a Regency ball with my daughters. I felt quite self conscious but I did enjoy it!
    Both your costumes look fantastic. Great sewing Christina.

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  61. I’ve always loved Halloween and when I discovered the local Renaissance Festival I found my niche. I mix faire bought and hand made things in my outfits and love to make jewelry to go with.
    In super slow motion, I’ve made several 18th C petticoats that I can wear to the faire and have been futzing around trying to make 18thC stays so that I can make a gown as well. I am proud of the embroidery I did on my 18thC pocket to go with the so far imaginary gown.
    Christina, I am impressed by your ribbons. I also send kudos for actually cutting the wool fabric; I always find that the hardest part.

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  62. I’ve always loved Halloween and when I discovered the local Renaissance Festival I found my niche. I mix faire bought and hand made things in my outfits and love to make jewelry to go with.
    In super slow motion, I’ve made several 18th C petticoats that I can wear to the faire and have been futzing around trying to make 18thC stays so that I can make a gown as well. I am proud of the embroidery I did on my 18thC pocket to go with the so far imaginary gown.
    Christina, I am impressed by your ribbons. I also send kudos for actually cutting the wool fabric; I always find that the hardest part.

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  63. I’ve always loved Halloween and when I discovered the local Renaissance Festival I found my niche. I mix faire bought and hand made things in my outfits and love to make jewelry to go with.
    In super slow motion, I’ve made several 18th C petticoats that I can wear to the faire and have been futzing around trying to make 18thC stays so that I can make a gown as well. I am proud of the embroidery I did on my 18thC pocket to go with the so far imaginary gown.
    Christina, I am impressed by your ribbons. I also send kudos for actually cutting the wool fabric; I always find that the hardest part.

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  64. I’ve always loved Halloween and when I discovered the local Renaissance Festival I found my niche. I mix faire bought and hand made things in my outfits and love to make jewelry to go with.
    In super slow motion, I’ve made several 18th C petticoats that I can wear to the faire and have been futzing around trying to make 18thC stays so that I can make a gown as well. I am proud of the embroidery I did on my 18thC pocket to go with the so far imaginary gown.
    Christina, I am impressed by your ribbons. I also send kudos for actually cutting the wool fabric; I always find that the hardest part.

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  65. I’ve always loved Halloween and when I discovered the local Renaissance Festival I found my niche. I mix faire bought and hand made things in my outfits and love to make jewelry to go with.
    In super slow motion, I’ve made several 18th C petticoats that I can wear to the faire and have been futzing around trying to make 18thC stays so that I can make a gown as well. I am proud of the embroidery I did on my 18thC pocket to go with the so far imaginary gown.
    Christina, I am impressed by your ribbons. I also send kudos for actually cutting the wool fabric; I always find that the hardest part.

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  66. Your Viking dress looks very comfortable compared to other historic styles from different countries. I used to enjoy Halloween costume parties, but I would usually put together an outfit by scrounging through my closet and jewelry box, rather than sewing something!

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  67. Your Viking dress looks very comfortable compared to other historic styles from different countries. I used to enjoy Halloween costume parties, but I would usually put together an outfit by scrounging through my closet and jewelry box, rather than sewing something!

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  68. Your Viking dress looks very comfortable compared to other historic styles from different countries. I used to enjoy Halloween costume parties, but I would usually put together an outfit by scrounging through my closet and jewelry box, rather than sewing something!

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  69. Your Viking dress looks very comfortable compared to other historic styles from different countries. I used to enjoy Halloween costume parties, but I would usually put together an outfit by scrounging through my closet and jewelry box, rather than sewing something!

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  70. Your Viking dress looks very comfortable compared to other historic styles from different countries. I used to enjoy Halloween costume parties, but I would usually put together an outfit by scrounging through my closet and jewelry box, rather than sewing something!

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  71. Thanks for the lovely post. You look like a Viking Lady to me. I believe you did very well in creating your costume.
    Hope everyone is well

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  72. Thanks for the lovely post. You look like a Viking Lady to me. I believe you did very well in creating your costume.
    Hope everyone is well

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  73. Thanks for the lovely post. You look like a Viking Lady to me. I believe you did very well in creating your costume.
    Hope everyone is well

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  74. Thanks for the lovely post. You look like a Viking Lady to me. I believe you did very well in creating your costume.
    Hope everyone is well

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  75. Thanks for the lovely post. You look like a Viking Lady to me. I believe you did very well in creating your costume.
    Hope everyone is well

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  76. Thank you! I would love to attend a Regency ball, Teresa! I’m glad you enjoyed it as it sounds like great fun.

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  77. Thank you! I would love to attend a Regency ball, Teresa! I’m glad you enjoyed it as it sounds like great fun.

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  78. Thank you! I would love to attend a Regency ball, Teresa! I’m glad you enjoyed it as it sounds like great fun.

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  79. Thank you! I would love to attend a Regency ball, Teresa! I’m glad you enjoyed it as it sounds like great fun.

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  80. Thank you! I would love to attend a Regency ball, Teresa! I’m glad you enjoyed it as it sounds like great fun.

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  81. Thank you, Robin! Cutting fabric is really scary, isn’t it? It sounds like your outfits are fabulous though – you’ll have to send some photos. And embroidery takes ages so well done for doing that.

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  82. Thank you, Robin! Cutting fabric is really scary, isn’t it? It sounds like your outfits are fabulous though – you’ll have to send some photos. And embroidery takes ages so well done for doing that.

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  83. Thank you, Robin! Cutting fabric is really scary, isn’t it? It sounds like your outfits are fabulous though – you’ll have to send some photos. And embroidery takes ages so well done for doing that.

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  84. Thank you, Robin! Cutting fabric is really scary, isn’t it? It sounds like your outfits are fabulous though – you’ll have to send some photos. And embroidery takes ages so well done for doing that.

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  85. Thank you, Robin! Cutting fabric is really scary, isn’t it? It sounds like your outfits are fabulous though – you’ll have to send some photos. And embroidery takes ages so well done for doing that.

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  86. That sounds familiar, Karin – it’s fun to try and put together an outfit from things that are lurking at the back of the wardrobe. The Viking outfit is very comfortable apart from the fact that it was too warm for a hot summer day. But at least there was no corset, thank goodness!

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  87. That sounds familiar, Karin – it’s fun to try and put together an outfit from things that are lurking at the back of the wardrobe. The Viking outfit is very comfortable apart from the fact that it was too warm for a hot summer day. But at least there was no corset, thank goodness!

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  88. That sounds familiar, Karin – it’s fun to try and put together an outfit from things that are lurking at the back of the wardrobe. The Viking outfit is very comfortable apart from the fact that it was too warm for a hot summer day. But at least there was no corset, thank goodness!

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  89. That sounds familiar, Karin – it’s fun to try and put together an outfit from things that are lurking at the back of the wardrobe. The Viking outfit is very comfortable apart from the fact that it was too warm for a hot summer day. But at least there was no corset, thank goodness!

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  90. That sounds familiar, Karin – it’s fun to try and put together an outfit from things that are lurking at the back of the wardrobe. The Viking outfit is very comfortable apart from the fact that it was too warm for a hot summer day. But at least there was no corset, thank goodness!

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  91. I love dressing up in costume, but never go to the kind of trouble you’ve gone to. My approach is throw something together with stuff that’s lying around of from the $2 shop — but then I’ve never tried to have a proper historical costume.
    I love yours, but would have loved to see the jewellery as well.
    And you and Nicola look fabulous!

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  92. I love dressing up in costume, but never go to the kind of trouble you’ve gone to. My approach is throw something together with stuff that’s lying around of from the $2 shop — but then I’ve never tried to have a proper historical costume.
    I love yours, but would have loved to see the jewellery as well.
    And you and Nicola look fabulous!

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  93. I love dressing up in costume, but never go to the kind of trouble you’ve gone to. My approach is throw something together with stuff that’s lying around of from the $2 shop — but then I’ve never tried to have a proper historical costume.
    I love yours, but would have loved to see the jewellery as well.
    And you and Nicola look fabulous!

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  94. I love dressing up in costume, but never go to the kind of trouble you’ve gone to. My approach is throw something together with stuff that’s lying around of from the $2 shop — but then I’ve never tried to have a proper historical costume.
    I love yours, but would have loved to see the jewellery as well.
    And you and Nicola look fabulous!

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  95. I love dressing up in costume, but never go to the kind of trouble you’ve gone to. My approach is throw something together with stuff that’s lying around of from the $2 shop — but then I’ve never tried to have a proper historical costume.
    I love yours, but would have loved to see the jewellery as well.
    And you and Nicola look fabulous!

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  96. Thank you Anne! I’ll have to do another post sometime about the jewellery. Forgot that my hair gets in the way!

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  97. Thank you Anne! I’ll have to do another post sometime about the jewellery. Forgot that my hair gets in the way!

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  98. Thank you Anne! I’ll have to do another post sometime about the jewellery. Forgot that my hair gets in the way!

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  99. Thank you Anne! I’ll have to do another post sometime about the jewellery. Forgot that my hair gets in the way!

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  100. Thank you Anne! I’ll have to do another post sometime about the jewellery. Forgot that my hair gets in the way!

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  101. Wow! You both look marvelous. I love dressing up. I’ve put some garb together but nothing I hand made. Fortunately, I have a best pal who has made me some excellent outfits from different eras. We would go the Renn Faire and also put music programs together and wear our garb to match. The pandemic sure took a toll on that kind of thing & I miss it.

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  102. Wow! You both look marvelous. I love dressing up. I’ve put some garb together but nothing I hand made. Fortunately, I have a best pal who has made me some excellent outfits from different eras. We would go the Renn Faire and also put music programs together and wear our garb to match. The pandemic sure took a toll on that kind of thing & I miss it.

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  103. Wow! You both look marvelous. I love dressing up. I’ve put some garb together but nothing I hand made. Fortunately, I have a best pal who has made me some excellent outfits from different eras. We would go the Renn Faire and also put music programs together and wear our garb to match. The pandemic sure took a toll on that kind of thing & I miss it.

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  104. Wow! You both look marvelous. I love dressing up. I’ve put some garb together but nothing I hand made. Fortunately, I have a best pal who has made me some excellent outfits from different eras. We would go the Renn Faire and also put music programs together and wear our garb to match. The pandemic sure took a toll on that kind of thing & I miss it.

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  105. Wow! You both look marvelous. I love dressing up. I’ve put some garb together but nothing I hand made. Fortunately, I have a best pal who has made me some excellent outfits from different eras. We would go the Renn Faire and also put music programs together and wear our garb to match. The pandemic sure took a toll on that kind of thing & I miss it.

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  106. Thank you so much Jeanne! It did feel a bit weird to be out and about again but it’s wonderful that we can get together with others now. I’ve missed it too!

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  107. Thank you so much Jeanne! It did feel a bit weird to be out and about again but it’s wonderful that we can get together with others now. I’ve missed it too!

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  108. Thank you so much Jeanne! It did feel a bit weird to be out and about again but it’s wonderful that we can get together with others now. I’ve missed it too!

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  109. Thank you so much Jeanne! It did feel a bit weird to be out and about again but it’s wonderful that we can get together with others now. I’ve missed it too!

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  110. Thank you so much Jeanne! It did feel a bit weird to be out and about again but it’s wonderful that we can get together with others now. I’ve missed it too!

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  111. Excellent work! I can see how much love you put into the process of weaving and sewing your raiment.
    I used to go to Ren Faires in costume, mostly when I was a kid. I love the idea of an author dressing the part of their era. I need to tuck that idea into my mental folder for when I go to book events.

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  112. Excellent work! I can see how much love you put into the process of weaving and sewing your raiment.
    I used to go to Ren Faires in costume, mostly when I was a kid. I love the idea of an author dressing the part of their era. I need to tuck that idea into my mental folder for when I go to book events.

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  113. Excellent work! I can see how much love you put into the process of weaving and sewing your raiment.
    I used to go to Ren Faires in costume, mostly when I was a kid. I love the idea of an author dressing the part of their era. I need to tuck that idea into my mental folder for when I go to book events.

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  114. Excellent work! I can see how much love you put into the process of weaving and sewing your raiment.
    I used to go to Ren Faires in costume, mostly when I was a kid. I love the idea of an author dressing the part of their era. I need to tuck that idea into my mental folder for when I go to book events.

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  115. Excellent work! I can see how much love you put into the process of weaving and sewing your raiment.
    I used to go to Ren Faires in costume, mostly when I was a kid. I love the idea of an author dressing the part of their era. I need to tuck that idea into my mental folder for when I go to book events.

    Reply

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