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, Rachel's <hallarachel@...> wrote:
> I am in search of a pattern for a Kirtle/Cotte also known as a Cotehardie. <...> I have been able to determine that
linen and wool were a staple but was cotton or silk used? My referance source is the the
Manesse Codec Paintings of 1300's - 1330's German based. I am also looking for a
pattern for a Surcoat<...>
How do you plan to close this dress. The under kirtle could be on opening but to achieve
the correct fit for the time period you will need to either lace or button the outer kirtle.
There are two theories on the construction of how these dresses were made. I tend to run
toward the extant examples of these dresses. There are many examples found the the
Greenland dig which covers 990-1450 in carbon dating and the London digs that covers
1150-1450. The other theory is the Gothic fitted gown but it also requires buttons or
I don't know of any references to cotton but silk is another fabric that was used especially
for the upper crust.
There are three book sources that are very helpful for this time period you are looking at.
"Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince" by Stella Mary Newton,"Textiles and Clothing
1150-1450" London Museum, "Woven into the Earth" Else Ostergard. The last one gives