Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Finished Mammen Coat
The pattern for the coat is loosely based on the Eura gown. It's sort of a mash-up of the standard Turkish coat and the Eura gown really. I can't say how accurate this is, but it's a plausible way to cut this style of kaftan for a woman, as it would continue to fit as the body changed shape during pregnancy and it fits much better over layers of clothing than the loose standard t-tunic style method of cutting I had used for my last coat. Both of those garments are men's shirts anyway, which I am beginning to think would not have been used for cutting women's garments but more on that latter. The pattern is comfortable, has a nice drape to it, and uses only 2 and a half yards of fabric with no waste (I can get a full length gown out of just over 3 yards of fabric with no waste at all as well).
The only tiny issue with how this project turned out is that the sleeves are perhaps an inch or so too long. Really this isn't so bad, since I will be wearing the coat over other clothing and as a warm layer the extra length is probably a good thing, it just makes the thing looks like a monkey coat on the dress form. I need to remember to make this adjustment next time I make a coat though, once I do the cuff embroidery it's very difficult to adjust the sleeve length.
This coat is part of my effort to re-do my Viking kit, since I have shrunk out of my old kit and it wasn't up to my current standards anyway. I've now got two linen Eura gowns to wear under the coat, and will be cutting out a new apron gown based on the Kostrup find. I got a warp-weighted loom for my birthday last month and will be weaving some leg wraps for myself on it as soon as I can get it warped. I have lots of veils and headwraps, and got proper shoes at Pennsic this year, and will be done with my naalbound mittens shortly, so I should be in good shape by the end of the year, barring any major disasters or huge new distractions. At some point I will need to make a new wool overgown as my old one, which I loved, had a laundry disaster and went to live with a teeny tiny friend who fits into it. I have something that will serve in the meantime but it's a blend and if I am working over the fire it gets a bit uncomfortable.