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A medieval form of decoration introduced in the fourteenth century and lasting into the fifteenth. In this, the edges of a garment were cut into diverse jagged forms varying from simple V-shapes to complex leaf designs and imitation of torn leather. Except for the hose, no external garment escaped the dagges - the shoulder cape, hood, tunic, gown, sleeves, hem and tippets all received attention.
To sew your daggges I would recommend that you draw the pattern on the wrong side of the linning and then lay that on the the garment hem right-sides together, try to have these two fabrics hold together somehow I will often bast them together so they are like one piece of thicker cloth. then set your stitch length to very small and sew on the line you marked on the back of the linning. I try to use the same fabric for the linning as I did for the outer fabric so when the dagges get turned or flipped they look the same. Also if you really like to impress people you can match the patterns in the fabric on both sides then when someone notices or asks you look awesome. The finer your stitch lengths the better the dagges will turn right-sides out, to do this I "embroider" the seam. I will hold the fabric tight and with the sewing machine needle going fairly fast I will "muscle" the fabric around so that slowly the needle follows the line, making small stitches. this is like machine embroidery but you make a fine line. Keep those stitches tight and you shouldn't have any problems. Though practice will make it better.
Cut out the fabric you don't need, trim the raw edges and clip into the corners so you can turn the dagges right-sides out. then deal with the hem of the linning however you like. Remember not to sew the garment linning to the outer garment hemm if it is long like a cloak or houppelland.
See other way to decorate your Garb.
| © Ragnar Torfason|
2005 January 28