I have designed my pattern by looking at many, many pictures online, to get a good idea of what a gambeson should look like. I have looked at other people’s. Posted: Sat 13 Feb, am Post subject: Choice of Gambeson patterns Reply with quote. Hi, I’m preparing to do a suit of mid-late 15th Century armor. Period Pattern ™ No Medieval Military Garments. Includes 3 gambesons, two with optional pockets for plates inside the skirt; 4 surcoats (including a cyclas );.

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Once the arm channels are laid out measure 3cm channels on the rest of the torso between the seams like image below. Now, after making and finising the separate pieces, I had three pieces of gambeson which needed sewing together. It is authentic and very durable material, and as I portray a warrior with limited money, undyed material made more sense than dyed one, which would have been more expensive.

Remember, the more layers of padding you add, the heavier and hotter the gambeson will be! For an overview of the historical evidence for armour in our period, see our Armour Overview page.

Page 1 of 1. But it usually be a waste of time, effort and money to ptatern garments to be worn under mail or plate — not only would it not be seen, but embroidery, for example, would be rubbed, ripped, and made filthy in far too short a time. Get some heavy needles for mom’s sewing machine, tell the folks at the cloth store that you will be sewing a heavy blanket.

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Talk to us Create account or Sign in. Are there extant examples or patterns of midth century gambesons? The pattern includes the front and back piece, and an arm. The buttons are secured with more upholstery patfern, but no matter how much I sew them down, they are never eternally secure. It takes about a day in the California heat to dry it out, your local climate may affect that.


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Try to put your elbows together in front of your chest. Button holes are done with a Necchi industrial sewing machine.

Be careful not to bind at the elbow or you will limit your range of motion. Then, I used linen thread gammbeson sew around the hole, using jumping stitch- this pattefn the hole was made larger and more durable, but not only that- it is now better looking too! I have done gambesons without elbow pads on request, though there is no discount for skipping this step.

Corduroy does not work very well. You can use moving blanket if you can find one made of good material. There is no accurate way of accounting for this except experimentation.

Jan van Eyk’s heroic armor for St. Laced on arms are much easier to make I am no tailor but I had no problems with them at all and far more durable than thse pernamently sewn on.

You can use straps instead, but lacings are much cheaper and so I went with this option instead. Patgern belts were designed to be worn with armor for additional protection.

Later on Gamboised cuisses are know, and perhaps even padded hosen no not padded there. I put the back part under the front part and sew dirctly on top of the back piece making no attempt to fold back anything. A number of contemporary depictions seem to show spaulders made in a similar globose form. Highly recommend that you use heavy cotton duck material with Quilt batting for filler.


This was why I have made the linen parts bigger than padding, so when I sew it together, the linen can be sewn together separately, without the need to punch the needle through the padding, This creates a tighter, stronger stitch and makes it far more elastic and easy to move, once the armour is finished. Typically I include a spare button or two. It is a good balance between protection and weight, and provides a better, more realistic look to my gambeson, than thinner padding would.

I just like to keep one piece of continuos padding underneath the breastplate so that it does not bind or pinch beneath the plate. In periods where clothes are not generally fitted, padded garments probably are not either.

These garments go well with capes from Period Pattern no. However, cotton wool was probably not in use in the dark ages, as it would have been imported patterm the east. Thank you for your assistance! Alternatively some helmets have a leather ring riveted inside the helmet with triangles of stuffed padding in the form of a suspension liner.

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The one non standard measurement needed is best done as follows. So I would like armor that is properly protective, and I assume patteen will be hitting me as hard as they can.

This will prevent the thing from losing its quilt stitches.