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EASY T- TUNIC TUTORIAL

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EASY WIDE-SLEEVE GOWN TUTORIAL

BASIC EASY LACED GOWN TUTORIAL

KIRTLE OR GOWN TUTORIAL

LADIES HOSE TUTORIAL

EASY EARLY HOOD TUTORIAL

HOOD WITH SHOULDER GORES TUTORIAL


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Basic D.I.Y. Clothing Patterns for Medieval Women


These pages are aimed at basic patterning and some of these patterns are not aimed at historical costumers or re-enactors. A couple of the patterns are quite good for re-enactor ladies. They will give quite usable and relatively accurate clothes for stallholders or members of the public attending an event who want to have decent, basic clothes which look right, avoid the pitfalls of fussy, unnecessarily complicated commercial patterns.

They can be made in solid linen/cotton blends for stallholders or made for nobles in brocaded fabrics or dupion silk. Even a very basic pattern looks completely different when an upmarket fabric is used, which is especially true of the Easy and Early Tunic patterns.

- EASY T- TUNIC TUTORIAL - How to make a basic medieval gown

- EASY 13TH CENTURY TUNIC TUTORIAL - How to make an overgown with short, wide sleeves

- EASY WIDE-SLEEVE GOWN TUTORIAL - How to make an overgown with really big sleeves

- BASIC EASY LACED GOWN TUTORIAL - Basic gown with front or back lacing

- KIRTLE OR GOWN TUTORIAL - How to make a medieval dress with buttons

- LADIES HOSE TUTORIAL - How to make hose based on the London hose pattern

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EASY EARLY HOOD TUTORIAL - How to make an early medieval hood

- HOOD WITH SHOULDER GORES TUTORIAL - How to make a 14th or 15th century hood

- BASIC SURCOTE TUTORIAL - How to make a surcote with 4 seams

- SIDELESS SURCOTE TUTORIAL - How to make a sideless surcote with gores

- FORMAL SIDELESS SURCOTE TUTORIAL - How to make a noblewoman's sideless surcote

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE!
These pattern cutting guides are not actual measurements.

ALL of these patterns will require a certain amount of taking in and pinning once they have been cut.
This will give you a custom fit to make it fit your body shape. Medieval people did it that way.

I use these pattern guides myself for things that I wear and they only fit so nicely because I pin them in to fit after the basic fabric has been cut. Otherwise, yes. They hang like a sack.

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