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MP-026 High Medieval Houpelande Pattern

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Houpelandes were the last fashion which was found throughout Europe, as well as being the last unisex fashion. This comfortable style, flowing from the shoulder to the hem, first developed in Italy around 1380, but by 1400 was found throughout Europe.

Belted or loose, houpelandes were worn over a cotehardie (such as in MP-021 or MP-023, a second houpelande with tight sleeves, a chemise such as in MP-090, or a shirt and hose as in MP-043 or MP-101.

By 1450 there were many variations of this style, mostly of the sleeves and neckline. Women's houpelandes were always floor-length, although men's houpelandes varied from very short to very long. Only a few were limited by sex or geographical location. By 1475 houpelandes were no longer considered fashionable (although they were still occasionally seen). Men's cotehardies had developed into doublets, and the houpelande became a gown or robe often worn open down the front. For these later styles, see MP-043 and MP-053.

Period Patterns #26, Houpelandes, has 6 houpelandes patterns for either sex with interchangeable sleeves and necklines. The sleeves and cotehardie underneath are faked, but the fake sleeves can be left off and replaced by a cotehardie or a second houpelande. This pattern includes womens sizes 8 through 18 and Men's chest sizes 36 through 48.

These Houpelandes patterns cover fashions from 1390-1460 A.D.

These Houpelandes patterns were designed for real authenticity. Each pattern includes historical notes for background, and variation enhancements for the finished costume. Sewing instructions and suggestions for fabric choices and notions are included.

This pattern is complemented by MP-021 Cotehardies and Sideless Surcoats, MP-023 Men's Cotehardies, MP-043 Men's Italian Renaissance Garments, MP-090 Women's Undergarments, Ruffs, Collars & Cuffs, MP-092 Capes and Tabbards, MP-093 Bags, Purses and Pouches and MP-101 Medieval Military Garments.

For your convenience a women's basic measurement chart appears below.

Body Measurements (Womens's)
SizeBustWaistWaist to HemBack Waist Length
630234115 1/2
832244215 3/4
1234264416 1/4
1436284516 1/2
1638304616 3/4
2042344817 1/4

Body Measurements (Men's)
SizeSm (36-38)Med(40-42)Lg (44-46-48)XLg (50-52-54)

The instructions for this pattern assume you are an experienced seamstress with expertise in fitting garments, so they do not explain fitting techniques. They do NOT give explicit or detailed instructions and are NOT for beginners. If you are an experienced seamstress with good sewing skills you will be fine.

Results from experienced seamstresses who have made Houpelandes have been very positive. The houpelandes were very authentic in style. One reviewer recommended increasing the hanging time from overnight to a week or so if you use a very heavy fabric before hemming.

  • Item ID: MP-026
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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.


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