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And some more getting there.

Not only is the sweater coming along and almost finished, the Bernuthsfeld tunic is, too!

The last reconstructed patches have gone in (or on, depending), and the only things left to take care of are the still not completely clear finish of the neck area as well as the hems at the bottom and at the sleeves. Otherwise, it is finally done – and most of the bits that looked dodgy or not quite as they should at some stage did fit together beautifully at the end.

That was a lot of rough stitching with wool yarn, I can tell you! The result, though – I find it rather nice. It definitely is something way, way out of the ordinary way people dressed in the Early Middle Ages.

Here’s the reconstructed tunic from the front, as it looks now, with the yet unfinished hems and neck:

tunic_front

And this is the view from the back:

tunic_back

So that is as good as done, too. Whew!

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3 Responses to And some more getting there.

  1. Kareina says:

    Do you have the sense that the original would have been done like you did, all at once, with a goal of making a tunic from a (random) pile of scraps, or, could it have been assembled a bit at a time when one item was ripped and repaired, and then another, and finally someone turned it into a tunic long after the first two bits were put together?

    • Katrin says:

      Definitely an assembly all at once, I’d say. I can’t see a reason for sewing arbitrary bits of used fabric together arbitrarily to one day turn it into a tunic, and it was definitely not a normal tunic that was just patched up. So I’d say that yes, someone sat down with a pile of scraps and went for a tunic.

  2. martha krikeles says:

    seeing this reminds me of Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”.

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