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Pleated viking dresses

Postby the_power on Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:44 pm

I was reading Thor Ewing's book on viking clothing, and I came across a load of images of pleated dresses. I'm pretty sure they are over-dresses, as they are visible on multiple carvings.

He mentioned that in some finds the dresses had "2mm to 3mm pleats". How....how the heck do you make something like that? Has anyone tried to make something that .... ridiculously fine ?

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Re: Pleated viking dresses

Postby brendan on Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:43 pm

it does seem excessive...almost impossible - how wide are the threads?
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Re: Pleated viking dresses

Postby kerstin on Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:33 am

I've read about pleated silk dresses in the Norman period. They did that with pieces of hot iron. Not sure this helps with the Viking stuff.

One can also create pleats by cutting and laying the cloth accordingly and then sewing the whole thing. There are different techniques, it all depends on the look one wants to achieve.
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Re: Pleated viking dresses

Postby oldrat on Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:05 pm

Iron in the Viking Age? =)
Look publication "Straps and trains in the Viking Age: Birka's Femail Costume in a New Light"
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Re: Pleated viking dresses

Postby pajo on Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:19 am

was talking to the missus about this after I saw it mentioned (coz she has my copy of the book), seemingly it is a style of doing pleats, evn now like, and theres a name on it.. but I cant for the life of me remember what she said its called....
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Re: Pleated viking dresses

Postby Andrea L Redden on Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:01 am

pajo wrote:was talking to the missus about this after I saw it mentioned (coz she has my copy of the book), seemingly it is a style of doing pleats, evn now like, and theres a name on it.. but I cant for the life of me remember what she said its called....

Smocking?

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Re: Pleated viking dresses

Postby pajo on Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:07 pm

that could be it... I'll have to ask her again... my memory aint the best at all...
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