The 11th century bliaut was really more of a long flowing overtunic rather than the form-fitting, long drapey sleeve thing it turned into later with the French in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Royal ceremonial styles tended to ape Byzantine styles in that period; you may want to aim more towards that.
--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "elladartois" <shahalosiris@...> wrote:
> Good Afternoon Everyone,
> I am working with a good friend of mine (I do all her sewing) on putting together an 11th century outfit for Crown Tournament. She has requested a bliaut, and he, of course, will be wearing his fighting garb. She had asked me about doing a "Heraldic bliaut" a la heraldic cotehardies, however I've not been able to find any sort of documentation/historical proof that they were ever made. The closest thing I can find is a sideless surcoat (which, from what I understand, was honestly much more prevalent even than the actual cotehardie being heraldic). Can anyone give more insight into what is period appropriate for 11th century, and point me in the right direction for some resources? My specialty is late 16th century, so this stuff is -very- early for me!
> Thank you so much!
> -Ella d'Artois