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Where can I find a pattern for a T tunic? Viking tunic?

I have been asked some version of this question for the last 25 years. There are specialty patterns available for later period clothing, but the options for basic clothes for the novice are in the Halloween and Nativity scene sections at your local Measurements store. These can be used, but these cuts waste fabric, and the sleeve and neck pattern label these designs as "modern".

This basic tunic shape can be used for any Early period tunic by varying the sleeve length and width, hem length, trim applied, or neckline shape. I've used this design for Viking and Anglo-Saxon garments with no alteration required.

Anyone who can thread a needle can sew these garments, either by hand, or by machine.

Tools needed:

  • measuring tape
  • pins
  • needles
  • scissors
  • thread
  • cord or ribbon

Nice to have:

  • chalk or marking pencil
  • a smooth straight board 5-6' long, for laying out angled cuts