This summer, we had a Viking cosplay and photo shoot with our children.
Here is how I made my daughter’s viking dress and accessories:
1). First, I made a very, very simple tunic dress. I cut a tank dress shape with the shoulders on the fold of the fabric. I made the neck of the dress large enough to fit over my daughter’s head. I sewed the sides together and added sleeves. No frills, zippers, buttons, etc. I hemmed the top down and added trim later.
2). For the armor top, start with a rectangle. You will have to measure the length you want it to be on your child (and there is room for creative license here). For the width, measure your child around the chest and add two inches. Once you have your rectangle, figure out where the arm cutouts should be, and cut them out.
A note on armholes: I began with armholes, as you see below. Then I changed my mind and cut the top straight across, back into a rectangle. Then I got partway through the project and realized I liked it better this way with the armholes cut, and the fit was superior. You will be able to note this in the pictures that follow. I’m a bit fickle, but now you can trust that I really have tried it both ways and this is the best way to go).
3). See how it is now cut straight across the top? Ignore that. Fold your outside edges in and sew. This will reinforce them so you can put in buttonholes to lace up the back. Here’s the view of the front and one of the back.
4). I went ahead and added some trim at this point.
5). Then I put button holes in the back. This will allow you to lace up the back like a corset.
6). Then I added more trim.
7). This was the point where I realized I really did want those armholes, so I re-cut them, added straps and buttons, and a little more trim, and laced up the back.
8). To finish the costume off, I made wrist guards out of matching scraps of fabric. I folded the edges in and ran zig-zag stitches down (for reinforcement as well as decoration), and put in button holes.