Briaca's Demesne

The Making of a Greenland Gown: Page 1

Diamond Cotehardie

Kids' Garb

T-Tunic

14th C. Shift

Hood with Liripipe

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This gown is based on one of the gowns found at Herjolfsnes, Greenland. It was supposed to be a ten-gore gown, but I screwed up during the construction and it is a six-gore gown (I forgot to cut out the other gores). I made a muslin, previously, with the correct number of gores. I hope to get a photo of it up here soon, as well. The construction techniques don't change at all, but the skirt does get bigger.

I used the instructions and pattern layouts from the following web sites:

The Ten-Gore Dress: Cotehardies from Herjolfsnes

Recreating a 14th Century 10-Gore Dress (this article is no longer available.)

I don't want to mislead anyone. If you make this dress, you will NOT get a cotehardie. It is not at all fitted. You could take it in, enormously, and make it more fitted. In my opinion, that still doesn't make it a cotehardie. When I get the time I'll do a short write-up on why this gown is not a cotehardie and why it should not be used as documentation for a cotehardie.

In any case, it is extremely comfortable, not too difficult to sew, and will fit folks in a wide variety of sizes.

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