Re: [Authentic_SCA] Bocksten Tunic patterns
- At 5:07 PM +0000 1/2/04, Paul wrote:
>Happy New Year!!For this type of garment, working from the general schematic and then
>Yesterday in some freetime I constructed a tunic from online patterns
>of the Bocksten. I didnt quite have the exact measurements, so I had
>to eyeball it.
adapting it to your measurements (and materials) is the best way to
go anyway. So what you did would have been the best approach even if
you _had_ the exact measurements.
> I am rather proud that I ended up with a wearableGiven the narrowness of the sleeve attachment, you don't really want
>tunic made form scrap cotton (I know its not correct) So now heres my
>question. The the majority if the pattern being laid out in straight
>lines is there a way to make it less tight across the chest and loser
>in the shoulders?
much looseness around the shoulders. If you make it too loose, then
(perhaps counter-intuitively) you lose a lot of your arm movement.
The version I made of this garment also came out fairly snug fitting,
but once you accept that it's supposed to fit that way, it may not be
a problem. (This is assuming that it isn't, in fact, simply too
small.) I'd say that the best way to add a little ease in the chest
and shoulders is in picking a fabric with a little more stretch to
it. (*grin* ... like wool)
If you find you simply can't get comfortable with something this
snug, you may want to try a different model to work from. For
example, the sleeve types characteristic of the Herjolfsness garments
(not meaning to imply that they're all the same) are a bit more
conducive to a loose fit at the chest and shoulders (being slightly
fuller at the top, and set into a more shaped armscye).
>Also how far up from the bottom should the goresWhile there are some garments in this general style-family where the
>extend in the front? Mine come up to about my ribcage.
gores extend that high, I believe a good rule of thumb for the
Bocksten tunic is that they should end around the belt-line.
>Is there evidence that tunics had buttons on the front to allowAh, now if you want to make a button-front garment of heavier wool,
>opening? Especially of a heavy wool like I am about to construct.
then I highly recommend Herjolfsness #63
It's a much looser-fitting style with a open front that buttons.
Heather Rose (you may now call me Doctor) Jones