Introduction: Viking Costume (somewhat) Historically Accurate

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This is a hot to on creating a (somewhat) accurate viking costume.

Step 1: Planning Makes Perfect

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Well the first stem in any sort of thing like this is to know what you plan on doing. so here are my plans.

Before we get any farther let me clear up one common misconception.

Horns were not on viking helmets, horns would have gotten in the way. imagine this, every time you bring your sword over your head you knock off your helmet, sounds like a good idea to get rid of this problem doesn't it. Horned helmets came from Opera not history.

Step 2: Suppplies

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Well this part is pretty obvious, but after you know what to make, you need things to make it out of.
I chose a tunic pattern that looked enough like what I drew, then i bought enough fabric according to the back of the pattern package for how much fabric i would need. If you are just making one then you will need much less than what i have here, this is materials for 4 costumes.
The fur and leather will be used to make leggings, bracers, and other trim.

Step 3: Laing Out the Pattern

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All i can rely tell you here is that most patterns come with a diagram about how to lay the patten out, though it is not always the best way. I didn't use the plan included, because i was making 4 not the 1 they tell you how to layout.

Step 4: Cut Is Out

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Pretty self explanatory, just cut it out. one quick thing, before you cut it out you need to know if the pattern has seam allowances or not. If it does, then cut it out on the edge, of it doesn't then cut it out withe the distance it tells you from the edge.

Step 5: Sew It

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This is not a how to sew, so I'm not going over that, but i will say that the pattern you chose should have an instruction set, follow them, unless you now what you are doing and have plenty of experience.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

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Here is where the finishing touches come in.
for the cloaks I used This Pattern
and for the cloak pin i used This Instructable
after that I cut the fur and fake leather to make leggings and bracers, I cant tell you how exactly to do this, because each one needs to be customized for each person.
I used the rest of the fur to make a fur mini cloak thing for the one costume without a cloak.
I used strips of scrap fabric to tie on the bracers leggings and the fur cloak ting.
For sword This Technique was quite effective.

Step 7: Go Forth and Pillage

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Now you have viking costumes, go forth and pillage.
Oh and remember pillage Before you burn.


BrightonB2 (author)2016-11-22

Great ideas man! You inspired me when I hit cosplayer's block. Just wanted to add on that the only viking helmet found (as far as I know) with horns on it was this one:

Yeah, it's ceremonial. Because imagine walking into battle with a pair of teats on your helmet.

BrightonB2 (author)BrightonB22016-11-22

Also, what did you use for the fake fur? I've found I'M STUFFED FUR, but theyre expensive.

elizruge (author)2013-06-26

1. Soooo glad you pointed out that Vikings didn't have horns 'except for drinking :-) ) 2. Awesome ... just awesome 3. Completely undecided for the next ComicCon here in Italy ... kick ass Viking woman with hubby as Faloki (from "Vikings - History Channel" or go along with our 11 year old for the second year running and doing Adventure Time ... sigh. Tough decision.

snowfalcon1 (author)2012-10-13

actually, they did have horns, but only for ceremony. they used the hornless ones for battle.

but it is still totally awesome DERP!

arpoky (author)2011-02-11

The kitty only wants to be PART of the project!
Skin him/her, use the fur as a replacement for fake fur, and eat the meat leftover!

I obviously don't mean it, I'm a Cat-Lover. I would never actually do something like that to a cute furball like that.

Peep1317 (author)2010-07-28

Haha, cute kitty. But I find that they get n the way more than they keep someone company :P

soulcalibur (author)2009-09-13

i made a cardboard/duct tape sword once. it's huge.

that's what she said

Good one.

perv :P

Mirime (author)2010-01-06

you have any costumes for a female viking?

Teh_Corbzor (author)Mirime2010-01-06

Honnestly i didn't think of that when i designed these costumes, as i did not have any females to design  costume for, but if you know what you have in mind i don't think it should be to hard to adapt.

the first image is a female version of the viking costume, and it looks like you need to make the tunic fore fit if this is what you are going for.

the second image is more accurate of what a viking woman would look like. and looks like you can put the tunic over a longer tunic or dress to achieve this look.

hope that helps.

Thundertydus (author)2009-12-14

BEFORE you burn

theghillieman (author)2009-06-03

I made one of these for a medieval dress day at school and it looked great. but when i took my helmet off i looked like frodo

red-king (author)theghillieman2009-10-26

 if you look like frodo without your helmet it means you look like frodo anyway.

theghillieman (author)red-king2009-10-26

 yea i did but not as much

red-king (author)theghillieman2009-10-29


rocksalt2342 (author)2009-04-13

YAY! finally a cloak instuctable.

WurdBendur (author)2009-03-13

Your pattern looks complicated. there are lots of viking tunic patterns around the web that are simple and easy to make and more authentic.

Teh_Corbzor (author)WurdBendur2009-03-13

Well it looks more complicated than it is, because i was making 4 costumes, instead of just one, pictured are parts for three tunics.

WurdBendur (author)Teh_Corbzor2009-03-17

Yeah, it's a little confusing with all four together. I'm just trying to figure out what all the parts are. I'm not aware of any other viking patterns that use pieces like that. They look like maybe they're quartered (two front pieces and two back pieces, sewn at the shoulders and sides)? But I can't tell. I think there are some preserved tunics that have been pieced together in a similar way, but most patterns (and the one I've used) have the main part made of a single long rectangle with a neck hole just forward of the center, and the sides sewn together up to the arm pits. A good historical example is the Bocksten Tunic, which is very simple and an excellent pattern to imitate.

Teh_Corbzor (author)WurdBendur2009-03-18

The pattern we used was quartered, and had a slit down the front. the pieces in the first image are the neck hole facing, our pattern was more like this one, except our sleeves were also separate pieces.

Kaiven (author)2008-11-06

Nice, but where are the helmets :P I would love a viking helmet....One that covers the face and nose like the second helmet you have drawn.

Teh_Corbzor (author)Kaiven2008-11-06

well we haven worked on the helmets seance Halloween, but maybe I'll do an Instructable about how we were going to make them.

Kaiven (author)Teh_Corbzor2008-11-07

That would be great! If you ever make one, be sure to tell me ;)

tracyandrook (author)2008-11-06

I like'em. Wish I had pix of my DH and me: we went as Thor and Sif. Nobody recognized me, maybe because my costume was too historically accurate. The good part is that there are many many passionate Norse re-enactors posting patterns for everything from hats to shoes. That is, aside from the yarn wig. Next year I'll try a fat lady brass-bra Valkyrie. The Allfather will be so proud. The shiny-ness is partly because of the non-period photo apparatus (flash). Linens ARE expensive, are you kidding? But Osnaburg, weaver's cloth, and chambray are cheap, just ask for them. For cheap non-shiny outer layers, try solid cotton flannel. After Halloween you'll have comfy pajamas, too.

TheCaptain (author)2008-11-06

Oh man, you just beat me to this! I was in the prosses of making a similar instructable about a viking costume. Congrats on a great instructable!

Number09 (author)2008-11-05

You should try rolling around in the dirt or dragging your costumes in around in the dirt.

morfmir (author)Number092008-11-05

why? The vikings were very clean. They washed at least ones a week. Saturday in old danish are called washing day. /Thomas

Number09 (author)morfmir2008-11-05

I was thinking more of dirt from battle and pillaging.

morfmir (author)2008-11-04

nice effort you put into making it as historically correct as possible. It is good for a change not to see vikings with horned helmets. That alone gives you a 5 star from me :-) But I think that you should have made some headwear also. That adds so much more to the overall impression. I am a professional viking working a I add a picture of me ind my working cloth. The outer part are handmade from wool underneath I wear a linen shirt, and on the feet I have handmade leather shoes. My costume cost around 50.000.- dkk or 10.000.-$ /Thomas

Teh_Corbzor (author)morfmir2008-11-04

We were going to make helmets, but ran out of time, we can always make some later.

finfan7 (author)2008-11-04

These are very good costumes especially the guy on the left of the last picture. The one thing that makes me twitch though is the clothes are shiny. If you make anymore old style clothes try using old style fabrics. Linens and cotton broadcloth aren't terribly expensive and they add quite a lot to the costume.

bumpus (author)2008-11-03

KITTEH!! Mine usually get in the way... Great costumes!

Teh_Corbzor (author)bumpus2008-11-03

Thanks, they were a big hit at the party we went to.

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