My apron-skirt is done!

In my last entry I wrote that I had bought some fabric that I wanted to make a smokkr/apron-skirt out of. Yesterday I finally finished it. 3 am. My University initiation was far more intense than I could ever have imagined and time just flew by. Since I needed it yesterday last night was the only time left to sew. But I made it, wohoo. 
So, the fabric I bought was this one from Medeltidsmode. The pattern was based on a smokkr-pattern from this booklet. I can't remember where I bought from but I'm fairly sure it was either Medeltidsmode or Korps. The booklet is in english and contains instructions for two sarks and two smokkrs (apron-skirts). I didn't fully follow the instruction and I honestly kind of regret buying it, but it might be useful to have some instructions for future projects. The apron-skirt I've made is based on the fitted smokkr which is the third instruction in the booklet.
So this is the result; 
Besides the apron-skirt I'm wearing an underdress (which can't be seen) and a green wool-dress. The straps on the dress is sown to the bust for now but I'm planning on (when I've saved some money) to buy a pair of viking brooches which I think will take the dress to an entirely different level. 
Funny story though, the first thing I do with the fabric is to spill out a glass of milk on it at 1 am. You could say that I was not super happy after that :P 
Something I really want to do next is learn how to tablet weave (which would be really cool to sew on to the dress aswell). Anyways, I hope you have equally amazing weather as I've had, that you can enjoy the last of summer and just have an awesome week!

I got something in my mail!

So this fabric came in my mail today. It's 2.40 m krappröd wool from Medeltidsmode. The plan is that this piece of fabric now in August is going to become a fitted viking smokkr. I'm really excited to get sewing again - it's been a while now. I'll keep you updated on my progress!

Let's Make a Dread

I love dreads. I absolutely do, especially the thinner ones with a lot of beads in it. However, I also love to do old fashioned/fantasy hairstyles and those two interests can be slightly difficult to combine sometimes. So result of that: three dreads. Until today. Three became four. I took some pictures of that if anyone of you are interested in making dreads yourself. Dreads are amazing!
Step one. Section out the hair you want to make your dread from. Depending on how thick you want your dread your section will vary in size. My section was probably around 1.5 cm. 
Start back combing your section. Only comb it in small strokes, don't comb it all the way from the bottom all the way up. Your hair will get very poofy (if it's like mine). Either you can start crocheting your hair right now or wait until you've teesed your entire section (as I did). What I do is that I leave them for now and crochet them in when I get the next point. 
Either you can start palm rolling your section (which won't create as tight of a dread instantly as crocheting but it will eventually tighten up too) or you can start crocheting. My crochet needle is a 1.25 mm needle and I bought it at a knitting store. What you want to do is start at the top of your dread, stick in the needle in your dread, slightly downwords and pull up. When you do that you'll be pulling the hair and the dread will get tighter. This will take quite a long time if you have as long hair as I do...
Now you're done! Just leave the dread and it will tighten over time. If you want to you can palm roll it (simple roll it between your palms) or crochet it (especially the ends and the top usually requires a bit of work).
Disclaimer: I'm by no means a professional when it comes to dreads, I'm just sharing how I've made my dreads.