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Tunics were perhaps the first style to spread throughout Europe, worn from Ireland to Russia, Scandinavia to Byzantium to Spain. They were worn by almost everyone, peasant to noble, from Roman times through the 1300's. Many of the same variations are seen again and again, although a few appear to be limited to one sex or the other and woman's tunics or undertunics were always long. Class differences were shown by the fabric and decoration as well as the cut of the tunic. A nobleman at court might wear a long, full tunic of silk with jeweled embroidery, while working in the field, his poorest peasant would wear a short tunic of coarse wool . Men would usually wear hose (see MP-043 or MP-101) with their tunics, but women didn't.
In the first half of the 14th century the discovery that one could cut the armholes and sleeve caps curved, thus achieving a better fit, caused some change in the basic style. With this change the tunic continued to be worn, in a more or less modified form for another 200 years, especially among the lower classes. One version of the tunic evolved into the cotehardie (MP-021 or MP-023).
Period Patterns #16, Tunics, has 14 tunics for men, woman and children, with most parts being interchangeable. Chest sizes 16-54 are included.
These Tunics patterns cover fashions from 650-1310 A.D.
These Tunics 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 goes particularly well with MP-090 Women's Undergarments, Ruffs, Collars & Cuffs, MP-092 Capes and Tabbards, MP-093 Bags, Purses and Pouches, MP-101 Medieval Military Garments and MP-102 More Medieval Military Garments.
Although Period Patterns have a reputation for being for more experienced seamstresses, this is one of their easiest patterns. Most of the views are very simple, although one reviewer had difficulty understanding the instructions for attaching the yoke piece.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.