I have several open projects right now: my new smock, the drawn threadwork smock, velvet stays, draft #1 of the corset and the new sottana. Unfortunately, most of these are on hold right now for various reasons (speaking with experts on the sottana/stays, waiting for the busk for the corset, improving my drawn threadwork).
My wonderful friend Nicole is attending an event in January with me and she’s about ready to start her first set of garb. Her chosen look (left) seems to be of St Ursula, from Lombardy circa 1380 (according to this site: http://www.briaca.com/art/italycotte.html).
In addition, my other friend Avery started almost the same type of gown several months ago, which I have been occasionally helping with.
Since all of my projects are on hold, it seems like a good idea to work on a simpler, less labor intensive project while Nicole works on her kirtle/cotehardie. To that end, I have decided to make a sideless surcoat. I already have the pattern because I already wanted to make one, but I’ve dug up a couple inspiration pictures to reference.
Below are three 15th century sideless surcoat images from the Links at Larsdatter. The first is The Assassination of Agememnon, the next two from Bible Historiale, all early 1400s.
This one is from historical Costume Creation blog and it’s the one I like the most.
I have found several websites that look like they will be useful in constructing both of our dresses:
- http://www.kostym.cz/Anglicky/6_Dobove/07_Svrchniky/VI_07_01.htm – drawing/description of pellote of Leonora de Castille
- http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/cloth/sdress1.html – detailed drawing of pellote of Leonora de Castille
- http://www.wodefordhall.com/surcote.htm – an article on sideless surcote construction
- http://sca-garb.freeservers.com/articles/self-support.html – an article on self supportind dresses
- http://www.caitlinsclothing.com/Docs/1350SidelessSurcoat.pdf – an interesting pattern for sideless surcoats
For now, this is just an idea of something I don’t need to be a perfectionist about making. It will just be something pretty to wear once in a while.