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04 February 2009 @ 01:25 am
A&S 50 - #4  

I am often cold and so have long lusted after goldfrog’s tasty wool Viking coat. I finally had a chance to make one of my own. I used my standard Pictish gown pattern, with a few little modifications: additional ease, a v-neckline, and a front split.


The wool is a gorgeous red-purple I have had on hand for some time and just never got around to using. When washed, it only shrunk a little, but fulled up nicely. I am not certain, but based on the descriptions I’ve read, I think it may be close to the highly-prized Irish red-purple. The black is remnants off a project so old I don’t remember what it was (maybe a cloak for corvusjoyous? whymc?). The whole garment is hand-sewn with silk thread in the construction and linen embroidery floss for the accent embroidery.


The front-fastening pin is purchased and modern-ish, but in a Viking design. I’ll look into upgrading at War. ;)


While I hate back-documenting, I realized partway through the project that there IS evidence that the Picts wore outerwear similar to Viking coats, a seen on this Pictish stone at the Meffan Institute.



My coat is lengthened from a man's short jacket to a woman's full coat, of course, and this is clearly still not great documentation, it's just that, while I am generally pretty comfortable with stealing from neighbor-cultures due to the limited information on Pictish clothing, this makes me feel somewhat better about the whole thing... Besides, while it will generally be worn with my Pictish finery, I think it completes the Viking look quite nicely. :)

Warning - apprentic brag - Of course, what REALLY completes the look are my sexy, sexy Coppergate socks that were a birthday present from the lovely and talented mightyjesse :

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alinorealinore on February 4th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I was very much wishing that I had a warm coat like that. I think it will be on my list of projects. High on the list!
eithni: jumpingeithni on February 6th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Behold the power of cheese!
Aaron (Rusty) Lloydrustmon on February 4th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
tres woot!
zandoriazandoria on February 4th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Now I want one!

How about writing up the alteration instructions? Maybe post them with the pictish gown instructions???

Goldfroggoldfrog on February 5th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Yessssssss, all the smart girls (and boys) want sexy Norse coats!
Eyja: pirate2eyja on February 5th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Of course they do! We Norse are very cool (or rather very warm with our nice coats ;-P ).
eithni: drugzeithni on February 6th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Sheepy goodness!
eithni: Pictisheithni on February 6th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
The Pictish Gown instructions are at:

I literally did as my post said - I just made it too big and split it down the front. Then I put it on and used chalk to draft on a V-neck. :)
Eyja: *squee*eyja on February 4th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Goldfroggoldfrog on February 5th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Turned out awesome, but I figured it would! I am liking your recent conversion to the wonderfulness of Norse gear. I like anyone's conversion, truthfully, but it's fun to get to see it step by step. And contribute to it, however tangentially!
eithni: Pictisheithni on February 6th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Thanks! However, I'm not being converted away from the Pictish goodness, just exploring what the neighbors are up to. ;)
Eyja: geekeyja on February 5th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I convert my friends names into Norse (and in the past Quenya) for fun. Yes, I am a geek.
In case you want a Norse name to match the garb there are two I found via Viking Answer Lady that are very similar to your name:

Eðna -- (Celtic)
Eðný -- Not sure what the eð- means (maybe something to do with aðal 'noble' but really don't quote me on that), but the -ný means 'new'
eithni: Pictisheithni on February 6th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Re: Yes, I convert my friends names into Norse (and in the past Quenya) for fun. Yes, I am a geek.
Dork! (but in a good way...) :)

Cool! Thanks! The Picts and the Vikings had enough contact, and it was a name used by the Irish as well, so I don't think Eithni would be unrecognizable to them.