My entry for the HSF challenge 21: Green, is a medieval dress called a Cotiehardie. Its a outer gown which is ment to be worn over a kirtle and a chemise.
I used the “Medieval Tailor’s Assistant” as a guide, and did my patten from the basic pattern block, and toile I’ve previously made from the book.
I used a thick green woolen fabric, and cut and basted the dress together for a fitting.
I needed to adjust the sleeve and neck a bit. So I took it apart and made the alterations.
Then I started the time consuming task of working about 30 button-holes.
I’ve already compleated the buttons in advance and sewed them on the outer edge of the right front piece.
I’ve used some cotton leftover as facing in the neck and as a buttonhole stand.
Then I sewed the rest of the dress together – did the gores, side seams and sewed on the sleeves.
Just the facts:
Challenge: 21 – Green
What: A medieval cotehardie.
Year: 1350 -1400.
Pattern: Drafted my own based on the “Cotehardie” pattern from “The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant”.
Fabric: 3m of green wool and some cotton scraps.
Notions: Thread and buttonhole thread.
How historical accurate: Pretty good. The dress is compleatly hand sewn, with historical methodes. I do however think the fabric is a bit thick for this type of dress. 7/10
Time: About 30 hours
Cost: 400 sek (44 Usd)
First worn: Not yet, but will be on the Medieval dinner party my dance group is hosting on 9th of nov.