Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Year of Living Norse Project

Vigdis Ionsdottir (Vickie Lynn Johnson)
Barony of Sentinels’ Keep (Missoula, MT)
I have been a member of SCA since 2005 and have been trying to learn as much as I can about period clothing and garb construction.  I recently won our Barony’s annual Arts and Sciences competition and will spend my year as champion encouraging other members in their projects and competitions.  I have been Baronial Scribal officer, MoAS, and have participated in demos and have taught some classes in scribal and textile arts.
I began a project after competing in the Kingdom Arts and Sciences competition in May that I am calling “The Year of Living Norse”.  My goal is to spend this year completing an authentic (as possible) Norse era outfit and accessories.
  • Layer 1 Under dress (slip/chemise) Pleated (?) White handkerchief linen
    • Completed except the hem and the pleating
  • Layer 2 Hand Dyed Silk Tunic and Apron Dress Wool (?)
    • Begun hand sewing the seams in the sleeves and the gores
  • Layer 3 Caftan or Semicircle cape  Linen or Wool
  • Layer 4 Decorative Apron Panel
    • Panel in process of decoration
      • Leather shoes and pouch
      • Nalbinding Socks and trims
      • Woven trims/belt (?)
      • Jewelry/embellishments
Photos of my original sketches (the colors are not quite right)


  1. Wow, how will I beat this great project.
    Good luck, you are a wonderful seamstress.

  2. Thank you YE for that wonderful compliment. I am so in awe of the talents of you and the others in this challenge and I am enjoying watching everyone's progress.