Viking / Norse Tunic:



Viking / Norse Tunic:

Final Dress

This tunic is suitable for under or over tunic. It can be made into use as a fighting tunic as well.

This Pattern was devised by  It makes a well fitting Tunic without much waste of fabric.  One's gota love that!


(1) Shoulder to Floor

(2) Around Fist

(3) Over the shoulder to underarm

(4) Underarm width (usually between 6 & 10 inches) divided by 2

(5) Shoulder to Shoulder (front and back, use the larger number)

(6) Arm length from shoulder

To figure how much fabric you need, take measurement (1) and double it.

Using me as an example:
(1) 63"
(2) 11"
(3) 10"
(4) 4"
(5) 20"
(6) 27"

At the top of the shoulder, I am 63" from the floor; therefore, I will need a
piece of fabric 126 inches long.
This is 3.5 yards. This is a great design! It used to take me 6 yards of
60" wide fabric to make an underdress!!

I can even use 45" wide fabric! But, the wider the fabric, the fuller your tunic.


Here's where it gets a little harder to explain:
Take your fabric and fold it in half along the short axis, then spread it out flat on the floor.
You will need a yard stick/measuring tape/piece of string for this as well as a piece of chalk that contrasts with your fabric.

Make sure you add in seam allowances and mark everything out like this:

Cutting Layout


Then, cut on the chalk lines. Make sure you cut out the neck hole as the very last thing. I cut slits just enough to get your head through, then measure out how deep you want the neckline

2/3 of the neckline is in front and 1/3 in back (the shape of the neckline is an oval)

Undertunics make a smaller neckline than an overtunic. Make sleeves longer on the undertunic than the over tunic.

Make the hem longer on the undertunic than the overturnic.

When you have all the pieces cut out:

Sew the top of the sleeves together along the (6) measurement.

Sew the gores to the sleeves at the (4) measurement.

Sew the gore/sleeve parts to the body of the dress. (if you are adding trim, add now)

Hem the sleeves.

Sew the sides from wrist underarm & hem to underarm.

Finish the neck hole. (Make sure it's big enough to go over your head.)

Try tunic on and have someone mark the hem.

Hem the bottom.



You can do embroidery on it if you want to really spiff it up.

Well, hopefully this makes sense. If not, feel free to email me at

or the original person who designed this method:, and she’ll try to help.