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Patterns are one thing which a lot of people seeam to get stuck on, now I would like to discurage this behaviour. So what I have here are general patterns not to be followed exactly but jusst to show you the general appearence of the patterns you may chose to use when you are making your own

More informations and patterns are available on the specific pages for each of these other items of clothing, Shirts, Leggings, Shoes, Hats, and Cloaks. There are links on those pages to even more details about those respective items of clothing on my sewing Site.


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These basic Cotehardie patterns are typical of the era, but you should treat these paterns as a starting place. Now take them and improvise, use your imagination and buid yourself some cool garb.

Pattern for a man's cotehardie, with a realy bad sleeve patern, but a nice tippet

About the female cotehardie
Pattern for the front peice, cut two one for each side.
Pattern of the back, also cut two same as the frist.

This one has an incredibly huge sleeve head which reaches up to the neck and acros the chest and back, and down the sides. It shows a very tailored fit, complex but it fits like a glove. I know one fellow who made himself one of thes and after sixteen atempts he got it together and it fits like a second skin and he still hade full range of movement. He chose to cut it out of two colours of fabric, blue and yellow then it all went together kinda party colour, but alternating so all the gussets show up clearly And it looks great.

Front panels
front side panels
Back side panels
Back panels

Here is a simple robe pattern Contemporainious to the cotehardie, excelent for use as monk garb

A female T-tunic
This is a Sideless Surcoat pattern often worn over a cotehardie ban it can be worn of the dress beside it,

A female T-tunic

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These basic Houpelande patterns are for the full-length type, You can shorten the patern as you like though the Ladies never wore them short, however if you are making one for non-re-enactment or re-creation, then do what you want. Have fun and experiment they did the last time the Houpeland was popular.
Male houplande front and back patterns (to the left) with a standing collar. Front and back patterns for a female Houplande (to the right) with a falling colar.
A sleeve pattern with a dagged edge (to the left). And the basic sleeve pattern for the houpelande (to the right).

A short houpelande with slit sleeves. pleat the sleeve in to the armsye then pleat the front and back through on a belt and you will look great.


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2005 January 28