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basic
medieval
clothing
sewing
tutorials

eyelet
tutorial

buttonhole
tutorial

cloth button
tutorial

lucet cord
tutorial

tassel
tutorial

fake braid
tutorial

false
hairpiece
tutorial

medieval
chest
tutorial

medieval
stool or
pot stand
tutorial



Sewing & Making Things Tutorials
Basic D.I.Y. Clothing Patterns for Medieval Women,
Some Basic Woodworking and Some Miscellaneous Things


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.

The woodworking tutorials are not using historically accurate construction methods or tools and are a guide to getting started and making something better than a plastic esky for storage.

 

Sewing Tutorials

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

- EASY T-TUNIC TUTORAL - Mostly historically accurate and easy to upgrade in the future.

- 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 - How to make a basic gown with front 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.

- EASY 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.

- NOBLE LADY SIDELESS SURCOTE TUTORIAL - How to make a noblewoman's sideless surcote.

- BARBETTE & FILLET - How to make an early 14th century barbette

- FILLET - PLAIN, TO PIN A VEIL ONTO - under construction

- FILLET- FRILLED, FOR USE WITH BARBETTE - How to make a Manesse Codex-style fillet.

- FILLET- PLEATED, FOR USE WITH BARBETTE - under construction

- FILLET - SILK WITH DECORATION - How to make a fancy silk circlet - under construction

 

Finishing Techniques Tutorials

- EYELET MAKING TUTORIAL - How to make eyelets

- BUTTONHOLE MAKING TUTORIAL - How to make buttonholes

- CLOTH BUTTON MAKING TUTORIAL - How to make buttons to match your clothes

- LUCET CORD TUTORIAL - Making lacing cord for your gown

- TASSEL MAKING TUTORIAL - How to make tassels


Other How-To-Make tutorials

- MAKE FAKE BRAIDS - for 14th century hairstyles

- FALSE HAIRPIECE TUTORIAL - PLAITED BUNS - 14th century style

- MAKE A MEDIEVAL CHEST - non-historical methods & tools

- MAKE A MEDIEVAL STOOL OR POT STAND - non historical methods & tools

 

IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE!

These pattern cutting guides are not actual measurements.

When using as cotton shirt to make your own pattern, make sutre it's not a stretchy shirt or your fabric will not stretch the same way.

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.

I can't stress this enough... if in doubt, cut a little bigger. You can always pin in, but it's very hard to adjust something if it's cut too small.

 

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