Life has not been the same after Ronneburg. Nothing feels ... well.. nothing. I went back to work after four months break and luckily I have pleanty things to do at home also, so I don´t just sit at home missing back to the castle.
I tried ambitiously to sew a viking kaftan in five evenings but could not. Simply because I was making rus-birka-style jacket. That means that is is a combination of basically three actual finds from viking era: Moschevaja-Hedeby-Birka. First place they found a silk kaftan with brilliant fabric sawing cut, second place they found piece of woolen fabric with holes and third a row of bronze buttons.
I have made this kind of kaftan once before, to Riku. And thaks to that sleeve-thingy, I did not manage sew it within five evenings. The sleeve is a construction of five parts.
So, at Pukkisaari iron age market the customer had only a chance to do fitting and it looked fine, so I came back home to continue sewing.
Ilona oli meillä yötä ja vietimme normiaamua: minä ompelin ja Ilona nautti aamiaistaan. Näytin hänelle että "oletkos koskaan muuten ajatellut, että metallikantainen nappi kuluttaa nopeasti tämän ompelulangan ja siksi olen ruvennut ompelemaan napit kiinni näin".
Sunday morning was just another sunday: I was sewing and Ilona was having a breakfast. I said to her that "hey, have you ever thought that when using these metal buttons the attaching yarn wears out fast, but if you sew it like this, it will last longer and that is why I attach buttons like this..."
Ilona took camera and so we made this film! Next part to Mervi & Ilona Production´s How to -serie is done.
And notice: there is no historical source to this. It is based on aesthetics and experience. Please notice how nice it looks ready. This is just a small thing, only few millimetres, but still a nice detail in viking kaftan.
ps.eihän siinä ollutkaan kaikki viimeiset, vaan tässä:
ps. that was not all of the latest. They are here: