Saturday, June 25, 2011

Historic hand spun, hand woven tunic based on the Bocksten Bog Man's outfit

I'm part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that studies the Middle Ages and Renaissance by doing it. I displayed this costume at an event we had today. It is finally done! It has been a long time in the making.

First, I spun the yarn for the over tunic:

I dyed the dark blue weft yarn with indigo at the Griffin Dyeworks Retreat:

I wove the fabric:

And fulled the fabric:

I sewed the under and over tunics based on the Bocksten Bog Man tunic. (The under tunic is linen.)
I used these directions among others for inspiration:

The trim at the neckline is a finger loop braid:

And the belt is finger woven:

It is done!! And it is surprisingly comfortable to wear. The full skirt swirls out beautifuly when I spin around. And it will be wonderfully warm when I go to outdoor winter events with the group.

This one, I'm proud of.


  1. This is amazing!! My grandparents have been in SCA since the 70's.

    How long did it take you to make it?

  2. The spinning and weaving took about 50 man-hours (or woman hours, as the case may be). I did the yarn dyeing at the retreat a few years back. I sewed the under tunic last week, and the over tunic this week. The fingerloop braid took me an evening or two to get right, because I was experimenting with hand spun yarn in different plies, and different weights. The belt took 2 days. So, in all, maybe around 70 man-hours. In reality, most of a year.

  3. Your 70 hours of work is amazing! Very nicely done :)

    Your newest follower,

  4. Awesome ! The silk ties are really gorgeous too.

  5. Well worth the effort what a great costume, just found you on the etsy forum and I must go and check these ties out while I am at it. Great job you must be well happy with the result

  6. Definitely something to be proud of! Great job!

  7. awesome!! You must be so proud of such wonderful work. You are so very talented!!

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  9. Lovely! A marvelous achievement!

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