- by Cheryl Mitting -

In the Grey Company there are four 'warbands' (Vikings, Saxons, Celts and Saracens) dating from 600 AD to 1100 AD. A basic outfit for any of these will consist of a tunic, pants, boots and belt. Depending on the weather, a cloak for winter or a mantle to keep the sun off in summer is advisable.

Before we go any further here are a few Do's and Don'ts.



To get reasonably cheap material try the local markets. Spotlight and Lincraft are national fabric retailers. For more detailed information on what to look for when buying your fabric refer to the Fabrics and Colour section.

Your approximate fabric requirements are (based on 115cm wide fabric … beware as fabric comes both wider and narrower):

Pants: Twice your leg length plus extra for hems

Tunics: Double the desired length. If you want long sleeves get 1 metre extra

Fitted Dress: About 5 metres

Mantle: 2 metres, lining extra

Cloak: 3 to 8 metres depending on the height of the person and fullness of the cloak.

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