Garb is a very important part of the SCA. If you don't look the part, it's hard to play the part. I choose a 14th Century, German persona and, therefore, needed cotehardies to wear. I charged up the 6th grade home economics portion of my brain along with my engineering eye and reverse engineered my first cotehardie from a line sketch in a theatrical costume book. Surprisingly enough, when I decided to start being more historically accurate, I found my efforts were pretty close.
Another and even more pleasant surprise is, I taught my wife to sew when we first started making our own costumes, and now she in a Garb Laurel's apprentice and has far surpassed my abilities. I highly recommend visiting her web page "16th Century Persian Women’s Clothing; The Early Safavid Period". She is also currently working on a second site for a Bliaut. When the page is finished, a link will be added here.

Party Colored Cotehardie

Black and Red Cotehardie

Black and Cream Cotehardie

Early 14th C. Middle Class
(Lanthorn is later in period)

Early to mid. 15th C. Italian Doublet

Charles de Blois Pourpoint
(Prototype Fitting)

My current endeavors are a recreation of the Charles de Blois Pourpoint (see Prototype Fitting above for the latest advances) and below for period hosen.

Early-mid 14th C. Chausse

Early-mid 14th C. Braies and Braie-garter and Chausse.

Green and White 14th C. French.

These images depict my first attempt at period hosen (or chausse). The material is not as stretchable across the bias as I has hoped, so these will have to be sewn on at the rear ankle when warn. There is evidence to suggest some garments were sewn closed over the wearer for use in period, so I'm okay with this minor setback. My next attempt will have a slightly wider ankle region as well as added material to the tops so they may be laced directly to my pourpoint. The latter style was more prevalent in the second half of the 14th Century.


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