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Medieval overdress by sleepyhamsteri Medieval overdress by sleepyhamsteri
11th century Norman (England + France as far as the fashion trends go) overdress.

Material is dark greenish-brown wool and the dress is cut on one piece and has seams on the side. Handmade and suprisingly easy to make since I only had to sew two seams from wrist to hemline. I originally planned long sleeves but the fabric did not co-operate at all so I settled for shorter and more practical sleeves in the end.

The dress is purposedly shorter than the underdress and is shown here without the embroidery that will go to the hemline, wrists and around the neck.

I used about 3 metres of wool fabric to do this dress. I'm rather pleased of how this turned out and hope to finish the embroidery in time to use this at Turku medieval market, with a veil or cap of course since my extremely short summer hairstyle is not medieval at all.

Closer look at the linen underdress: [link]
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FollowinTheBlackBird Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm curious about the belt. Is a part of the dress? or would there be some sort of sash normally or perhaps an apron?
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sleepyhamsteri Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These kinds of dresses were normally very loose and belt (leather for poorer folk, nicely embroidered cloth for those that had more money) is just there to help moving and of course it is a handy place to keep pouches.
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FollowinTheBlackBird Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see so it was the poorer folk who had to wear leather. One would think it would be the other way around since tanning leather is such an expensive process. Of course making cloth must have been a real hard process.
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sleepyhamsteri Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really poor people probably tied their dresses with rope, I think fabric belts were expensive only if they were embroidered, otherwise they might have been a little cheaper if the cutting of a dress pattern left you with enough pieces of fabric to make a belt. Costume history is not my forte so this is just guessing.
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FollowinTheBlackBird Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it seems you know quite a bit more that me that's for sure. :)
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This is really great! What did you use for a pattern?
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sleepyhamsteri Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Pattern for the dress was made with instructions of my friend so I do not have the exact source, the time period is about right though.
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Tervetuloa myos Hameenlinnan keskiaikamarkkinoilla esittelemaan pukuasi :D
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sleepyhamsteri Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Koskas ne olikaan? Jos vaan vapaata on niin mielellään tulisin sinne pienelle ekskursiolle.
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