54192Re: [Authentic_SCA] Mac bible gambeson pattern
- Aug 29, 2006First of all, I would be extremely leery of using a Medieval Miscellanea
pattern. There were a lot of problems with the drafting, and the ones I've seen
have tried to cram so many pattern pieces onto the paper that they're almost
Second, the outer one looks like an early attempt at a quilted jack, which is
not quite the same thing as a gambeson; jacks (or jupons) were designed to be
worn by themselves and not under a mail coat.
Third, quilted armor was usually made of heavy linen, to the depth of 2-3
fingers' breadths. They were stuffed either with linen tow or made of multiple
layers of linen. There's information on this in Maureen Fennell Mazzaoui's
book on the Italian cotton industry; there were at least a dozen Italian quilt
guilds devoted to making armor, clothing, and domestic articles. A couple of
layers of cotton quilt batting like Warm 'n Natural should make a good
Hope this helps!
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