The medieval tailor’s assistant : making common garments, by Sarah Thursfield

By Sarah Thursfield

The Medieval Tailor's Assistant is the normal paintings for either amateurs and pros wishing to re-create the garments of Medieval England for old interpretation or drama. This re-creation extends its variety with info of becoming various figures and plenty of extra styles for major clothing and add-ons from 1100 to 1480. It comprises uncomplicated directions for undeniable clothing, in addition to extra complicated styles and diversifications for skilled sewers. recommendation on making plans clothes and fabrics to take advantage of is given besides a variety of tasks and substitute designs, from undergarments to outer put on. Early and later tailoring tools also are lined in the interval. There are transparent line drawings, development diagrams and layouts and over 80 full-colour photos that express the clothes as operating clothes.

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Eyelets are also used on mantles, for cords or metal ornaments to pass through, and for the buckle pins on fabric belts. The latter are generally made on a firm foundation, so for this you need to make a hole with a leather punch before stitching round it. Lacing and eyelets 16 a c b e d b. The lace passes through two eyelets on each side in turn, to form a 'ladder'. c. Concealed lacing. This came with the fitted gowns of the late 15th century: tiny brass rings were sewn inside the front opening of the gown and the lace passed through them in a 'ladder' as in b.

Cut a template and draw round it on the cloth with tailor's chalk, checking the spacing before you cut. a. Simple shapes for hems and edges. Pl 4 shows a more elaborate shape, suitable only for non-fraying cloth. b. Curved edges, such as the cape of a hood. The template is positioned on a guideline. c. Open sleeves of gowns generally have the dagging slanted downwards. d. Streamers for hanging from head wear or gown armholes. The central (leaf) pattern has additional cuts made into each shape. Plate 4.

D. Streamers for hanging from head wear or gown armholes. The central (leaf) pattern has additional cuts made into each shape. Plate 4. Dagged edge of chaperon in Pl 19 An elaborate shape made in black broadcloth, which will not fray easily. 60 Tablet weaving Small-wares & other techniques, Figs 25-27 An ancient and widely-used technique for making bands, often with elaborate patterns. Worsted, linen or silk tablet-woven bands were used for belts, for fillets (headbands), for purse strings and for sewing onto clothing.

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