One for the things you realize very quickly in the SCA is that the clothes can be pretty awesome. I was never a dress-up kind of kid. Halloween was about it for me. I wasn’t part of the drama club or involved with any of the school production and yet, here I am, trying to rock some kind of viking shtick.
Very early on I was taught that plaid pyjama pants would be my friends for a while. Fair enough but the problem was, I don’t find them very comfortable. Now in all fairness, my friend THL Hans Thorvaldson spoiled me in a big way in terms of garb…he introduced me to linen. 100% pure, cool, comfortable linen. It’s like, clothing nirvana for people who hate the heat and sweat buckets. The pyjama pants I have, well, I hate them and since I’m planning to head to Gulf Wars in a few weeks, it’s time to do something about them. (Well, it was “in a few weeks when I wrote this. GW’s was a few weeks AGO now).
But what is a poor Norseman to do when he has zero knowledge of the garb making arts? These bolts of fabric, the needles, the seams…they befuddle me. I know not of hand stitching or mechanized sewing technology. I did what scores of Norsemen-wannabes before me have done…
Her Excellency Anneke The Furious, well, she kinda rocks. She agreed to help me on my quest to comfortable pants. I went over to her place this week with a mountain of linen.
TADDA!!! We has pants and they’re poofy!
Now, these are not of museum-reproduction authenticity. I’m not authority but I’m reasonably certain elastic banding was not period. These will easily pass the “10ft rule” and I believe will pass for Norse or Rus. The two are not the same but, there are a lot of similarities…kinda like early Anglo-Saxon and the Norse but at the other end of the Viking Age.
The next step in “project-spiff-up-Einar’s-garb” will be adding some tablet woven trim…and learn how to sew it on.