|New portion--view from right side (hem at bottom)|
The technique I used for lengthening the tunic involved unpicking and unfolding the hem, piecing together an approximately 7-inch-wide (18 cm) strip of my leftover green linen that was long enough to go around the entire bottom of the garment, and sewing that strip to the bottom edge, using the same technique of whipstitching folded edges together that I had used on the seams. Then I hemmed the new bottom edge with a double-foldover hem.
The himation lengthening is my project for HSF 2014 Challenge #1--Make Do and Mend. The HSF statistics for this project are as follows:
Fabric: The last scraps of the same linen used to make the himation in the first place. I had a strip about two-and-a-half feet long and 7 inches wide left of that linen (76 cm x 18 cm) and a much shorter, second scrap of similar width. I pieced the two together and sewed the result onto the bottom of the existing himation.
|Finally long enough!|
|New portion--view from wrong side (hem at bottom)|
Year: Still Middle Byzantine, i.e., 10th-12th century C.E.
Notions: Londonderry brand linen thread in Persian green, 80/3.
How historically accurate is it? Hard to say (until we excavate a garment lengthened in this manner), but existing evidence shows that folk in the Middle Ages were not averse to piecing fabric to achieve the effect they wanted. (See also my ruffle comment, above). So perhaps 70-80%.
Hours to complete: 2-3 hours--I didn't keep track very closely. Some of the time was spent in ironing the piece to make it possible to shove sections that were too narrowly folded to come close enough together to be stitched into an enclosed seam.
First worn: Not really applicable, since I've worn the garment for photographs after I originally finished it.
Total cost: $0, since all the work was done with materials purchased to make the garment originally.
Now, on to HSF Challenge #2--Innovation, and Yet Another Apron Dress!
EDIT: [1/26/2014]: Added a picture of me wearing the lengthened himation to this post.