This is my early 14th century outfit, hand-stitched and made with inspiration from medieval manuscript sources, like the Luttrell Psalter from early 14th c England.
I made the dress for my video project and wanted to put together a whole outfit that would fit in the same time period. It turned out super comfy, maybe I could wear it instead of my comfy pants indoors..?
I also made it so it would be usable in the viking outfit if I would be in need of a thin woollen dress/kirtle under the apron dress. Hence the looser sleeves, shorter length and not so wide neckline. It is certainly not the most fashionable 14th c outfit, rather an outfit for work, like in my market stall. (Uhum, much suitable, very nice thinking there…)
This dress will be featured in my online lecture about Medieval Dress (only in Swedish right now!) and as I know that many of you readers are Swedes or understand Swedish, I will post a link to the lecture here. For you non-Swedish speakers; I have not forgotten you, and will strive to translate interesting parts of the video to English and post it on a Youtube channel in the future.
Until then, here’s a list of the materials used in the outfit if you get interested in making your own.
What items do you need?
For my outfit in size small-medium, based on fabrics 150 cm width
- Linen shift, 2 meters. Linen thread and beeswax for sewing.
- Wool kirtle as the visible layer. 2,6-3 meters of wool fabric. Wool, linen or silk thread for sewing.
- Birgitta cap + linen half circle veil. 60 cm thin linen. Thin linen thread and beeswax.
- Linen apron. 100*80 cm of sturdy linen, linen thread and beeswax.
- Wool hose/socks. Around 70*100 cm wool twill.
- Leather turn shoes.
- Garters in wool or silk for the hose. Fabric scraps, woven ribbons or braids can be used.
- Purse, here in brick stitched silk with silk tassels and a silk tablet woven band. Made by my friend Jenny!
- Thin belt in leather or fabric.
- Decorative brooch in brass with stones.
- 3 dress pins in bronze.
24/07/2020 at 19:08
Such a lovely outfit, Linda! As someone who does mostly Viking reenacting, I really like the way you have adapted this 14th century dress so that it can also work under an apron dress. 🙂
30/07/2020 at 11:28
thank you =)