In a message dated 2/12/2001 2:40:24 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> Subject: Sideless surcotes
> I am gradually running out of clothing from the 14thC to make (doing well
> for herself peasant) and I started thinking about sideless surcotes, which
> dont usually like becuase they seem to sit all wrong and often look frumpy.
Is that because they "fall away from the body" Stella? or is it because a lot
of times I see them worn by women who don't have enough fullness or length in
> Does anyone have any other theories? I guess pins were logical, but how
> would one pin underneath the strip like that?
I just wear mine without pinning or anything to the body. BUT I bet that you
could have large decorative buttons on your cotehardie underneath that you
could button through the plastron type portion (often covered with fur) over
your chest. Can you picture that? So you'd end up looking like you just had
some decorative jewelled buttons on your surcoat but they are serving extra
duty by holding it to your dress underneath. Maybe that would work?