Surprisingly Easy Wavy Lace Tabard
They say that what's old is soon new again, what was in style will come in style again, that Retro is "in." With all that in mind, I designed my Medieval inspired Surprisingly Easy Wavy Lace tabard, cinched at the waist with cord ties made with a Viking era lucet.
The tabard started out in the 13th century as a simple outer garment for "plain folks" such as peasants and monks. Later, in the middle of the 15th century, you could see knights wearing them over their armour, proudly displaying their coat of arms on the chest.
The hallmark of the humble tabard is no side seam. It's held together by side ties or a belt. In the spirit of my Old is New again theme, I made my side ties with a good old fashioned Viking lucet and I've included a photo tutorial so you can make your cords that way too. (If you prefer making I-cords, I've included instructions for that). Although there are many types of cords you can make with a lucet, I selected the basic single thread cord. it's a 4-sid