> From: Mayra Figueras <medievalmom@...>
> Coronation is coming up in 3 weeks in my kingdom (Caid) and the theme is
> 1360, sideless surcoats and cotehardies. I contemplating taking the
> plunge and making the Spanish Sideless Surcoat (View VI) from Period
> Patterns, #21. (I've got the pattern pieces cut out already). Has
> anyone on the list attempted this particular garment? Any words of
> wisdom? I'm a big señora here so I'm going for the largest size (20)
> and I still have 3" more bust and about 6" more in the hips than the
> pattern allows.
The color combination you have picked should be terrific. I wasn't real
happy with the results from the men's Tudor coat (Henry VIII!) from Period
Patterns, but you may be okay with the Surcoat.
Some suggestions -
1. Make sure the measurement on the cut out pattern from bust point to bust
point is at least 1 1/2" to 2" wider than you are on each side. My bust
point to bust point measurement is 10", so I would want the surcoat to be
13-14" wide at that point.
2. The sides should be wide enough not to pull across your tummy (I just
figured out I wear a 22 pattern!). If my hips are 48", the garment should
be 54" or a bit more.
3. It will also be more flattering if the lower edge of the side cut out
does not hit *you* at the widest part of your hips. I'm short waisted, so I
plan on the bottom of the cut out to be only 4" below my waist. Since you
have already cut out the garment, if the side hits at a bad spot, you might
be better moving it down another 2-3" so you are PAST the wide point.
Make sure you look me up at Coronation - I keep seeing your name on the
lists, but I don't think I've met you! I should be wearing a burgundy and
forest Russian surcoat.
Su of the Silver Horn, Caid
Su Ralston, Fullerton, CA