Less Exciting Tales From The Known World

Or "It sounded like a good idea at the time." (Actually, it's just nerdy stuff.)

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Greek Fashion Gallery

Here is a collection of items from ancient Greece (and area).

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Online sources for fabrics.

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Norse Garb

It can be overwhelming and expensive to get everything at once, here is a list in order of importance of items to work on obtaining. Remember, you can always make things out of cheaper materials first and work up to nicer stuff later.

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When In Greece… or Rome

How to make a basic chiton (non-gendered). A “Let’s keep it simple version.”

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Revisiting the Roman Empire

To say my interest in jewelry from antiquity has lessened would be woefully incorrect. After recreating the pearl earrings I moved onto necklaces and Roman clothing. 

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The Smokkr

The smokkr (Norse apron dress) is probably the most Norse garment in the SCA and reenactment communities. It’s an iconic item of clothing that quickly and easily, even from afar, distinguishes a persona from the Viking Age. As Norse. This is particularly amazing because not many items of clothing are so identified with a culture outside of the Toga. It’s distinct. This is also interesting because it had a fairly short self life, we don’t actually know what it looked like, and there’s no evidence that all women identifying people wore them. What we do know comes from the brooches (called: tortoise brooches) that are found in graves. Experts are basically of working backwards from there. If it wasn’t for these brooches there may be little speculation as to if the smokkr was a thing. With this being said, it is important to note that new finds and new interpretations are happening all the time.

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Making Smokkr Straps

Pictures of Emer’s Smokkr are HERE.

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Making Emer’s Smokkr: Photos

Find out how to make Emer’s Smokkr HERE.

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Making Emer’s Smokkr

This smokkr (Norse apron dress) was designed by The Honorable Lady Emer ingen ui Aidan’s and is based on her research of the Haithabu/Hedeby find. This interpretation has: one cut, three seams, gores built in, and a few inches of scrap left over. It is a remarkably easy design and very fabric efficient. When I make this smokkr I end up with only a few square inches of fabric waste.

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Garb On A Budget

Otherwise known as: “I’m broke” or “I’m not quite ready to commit yet.”

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