150 Hungarian Szur


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One size for men and women.

Worn by Magyar herdsmen in Hungary as far back as the Middle Ages, the Szur is a dramatic, mid-calf coat that was traditionally worn over the shoulders as a cape and lavishly decorated with cutwork felt appliqué. The geometric shapes of this garment make it an ideal canvas for other handwork techniques, as well as for handwoven fabrics. Sewing pattern includes instructions for a traditional and contemporary version, appliqué decoration, and historical lore about the Magyar.

Our pattern includes two views:

View A is the traditional Szur sewing pattern which includes optional cutwork applique and elaborate buckle closure and back vent.

View B is a more contemporary version of the pattern that includes pockets, a lined lapel and collar back, and finished hems on the sleeves and bottom.  This view eliminates the decoration, elaborate buckle closure and back vent.

Suggested fabrics: Heavyweight fabrics such as wool, felt, corduroy, or denim; also water-repellent microfiber for a raincoat. The Szur is traditionally made in felted wool with felt appliqués.

Yardage chart (.pdf)