UPDATED: Conjectural clothing construction


I’m getting ready to draft the pattern for my final garment of the Arnegunde outfit, the outer coat. I’ve finished the embroidery for the front opening and I’ve ordered the gold thread for the cuffs.

There are so few extant garments from this period making it hard to know how they were constructed. This is just a list of websites and resources for information on garment construction (and some other goodies).

Gallo-Roman tunic from Martres de Veyre. 1-2 C.

  • Originally published in <Audollent, A.  (1921) Les tombes des Martres-de-Veyre. Man, 21 (Nov.), 161-164.>
  •  Website in Russian by a woman who recreated the garments


Close up of a seam

A very fuzzy image of the Robe


Viking Age

  • Carolyn Priest-Dorman’s excellent website on Viking Tunic Construction which lists the following locations/eras:
    • Thorsbjerg (Scheleswig-Holstein, Germany), Migration Era;
    • Evebø (Norway), fifth century;
    • Birka (Sweden), ninth and tenth centuries;
    • Bjerringhøj (“Mammen,” Denmark), tenth century;
    • Hedeby (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany), tenth and eleventh centuries;
    • Jorvík (the Danelaw in England) and Dublin (Ireland), tenth and eleventh centuries; and
    • Viborg (Denmark), eleventh century

Persian Caftan




  1. Reply
    Catherine Raymond December 17, 2011

    Interesting. I did not know, before your post, that the Martres de Veyre find includes a braid of the woman’s hair. I was considering making my own reconstruction of the items in that grave, and I may still do so.

    I just purchased Margarita Gleba’s book, Textile Production in Pre-Roman Italy. It contains a descriptive list of all of the early pre-Roman textile finds. One of the finds includes a pair of leggings like the one the Martres de Veyre woman had. I will have to blog about them soon, though I have other stuff in the pipeline for the near future.

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    Catherine Raymond June 23, 2012

    I knew the pictures on the Russian site looked familiar to me, so I did some digging.

    The Russian who put up the website did not do a reconstruction; she was making a Russian translation of an English (both the language and the country; I believe the original reconstructor was English) website on the Martres de Veyre find that I had seen, years ago. The original English site is no longer up but is available through the Wayback Machine here: http://web.archive.org/web/20100729104423/http://www.rentapeasant.co.uk/romanogaulish.html

    A Google Translation of the Russian website which plainly indicates that it’s a translation of the earlier English site is here:

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    Beate July 4, 2012

    The english webside ist still online:

    The pictures on the russian side are copied from flickr.

    Some more pretty things from Martres de Veyre:

    Scroll down, there are wood shoes.,woolen slippers and the braided hair. http://users.stlcc.edu/mfuller/ClermontMuseumGlass.html

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      thealater July 9, 2012

      Those are great images! Thank you. I really appreciate the images of the wooden pattens.

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