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Chain mail and plate armor were very expensive, and economically unfeasible for the average soldier of the Middle Ages. Most had to make do with padded garments. But even those who could afford armor had to wear padded garments underneath for comfort. Other pieces of clothing were designed to be worn over armor for additional protection or as decoration. Some of these garments were designed for civilian as well as military usage.
The primary garment for all soldiers was the padded gambeson, worn alone or under armor. Surcoats, worn over armor, gave protection from the elements, and could be decorative as well. A coat of plates gave added protection over mail. Padded lentners and angel-wing tunics, both with puffed chests, were worn under breastplates or alone.
These patterns are functional fighting garb for use in the Society for Creative Anachronism and other re-enactment or recreation groups. They can also be used as is or in an adapted form for civilian wear in these groups, or for stage productions.
Period Patterns #101, Medieval Military Garments, has 3 gambesons, 3 surcoats, 3 hose, 1 codpiece, 1 cuisse, and a renal belt with pockets for plates to protect the kidneys. This pattern contains small through X-Large sizes.
These Medieval Military Garments 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 recommended for an intermediate or experienced seamstress or tailor.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.