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> I know a tabard is typically "a rectangle with a neckhole", but I
> looking for a few more details, particularly for a marshal's
> (My husband is a Combat Archery MIT, and I wanted to surprise him
> his own tabard for Valentine's...)
> Should the design (applique) be both front and back?
I'd think both front and back, but a herald could tell you for sure
> Would a slightly-lighter-than-denim 100% cotton twill be an
> appropriate (and durable) outer fabric?
Cotton is not really super-duper authentic, but its probably SCA-
acceptable for most groups. Twill drapes better than broadcloth.
Cotton broadcloth is, in my opinion the easiest way to make garb look
like a "costume" rather than garb because it just doesn't drape like
anything they used in period.
> Should it be lined, or just a single layer?
> If so, would lining it in a linen-rayon blend instead of 100%
cotton broadcloth help with breathability?
Lining it will help keep the edges from curling, which twill tends to
do if you just hem it. I'd think linen would be more breathable, but
it's probably a close call.
> Semi-circular or rectangular "sleeves", or no?
Ask you local herald...mileage may vary. Also depends on what
country and period you are doing. IIRC, "sleeved" tabards are more
like 1450's forwards and would kind of clash with early period garb.
But again, YMMV, your local group may just use the same kind of
tabard regardless of what period persona it's for.
> I was thinking of using ties at the sides (perhaps at bust and high
> hip level), to allow for airflow and a more adjustable fit.
I'd think it would be better for freedom of movement to keep the ties
at waist level or higher.