Viking Costume (somewhat) Historically Accurate




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

Step 1: Planning Makes Perfect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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    36 Discussions


    2 years ago

    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.

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    Reply 2 years ago

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


    5 years ago

    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.


    8 years ago on Step 6

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 7

    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.


    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

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    10 years ago on Step 3

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