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(Not-so-)Early medieval tunic

Added May 5, 2010

by lclausewitz

Bandung, Indonesia




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My first successful attempt at creating an early medieval T-tunic that actually looks like a garment rather than just a sack tied in the middle. Ignore the legs—I was obviously wearing a pair of athletic tights rather than 100% kosher medieval hose.

The cut is quite simple—it’s a basic Nockert Type 1 tunic with a one-piece body (no shoulder seam) and side gores (no central ones). The easiest instructions to follow on making this stuff is Kass McGann’s here ; my tunic is only slightly more sophisticated than this. The method is really that simple.

And yes, the tunic is rather short, which is why I’m leaning towards an early date because Anglo-Saxon illustrations and the Bayeux Tapestry show much shorter tunics than the calf-length stuff in the Maciejowski Bible. Even the early sources show knee-length tunics (or a bit longer) so mine is probably just within the margin of error allowed by the artistic conventions and all. Let’s just call it Viking or Norman for a particularly active lifestyle, shall we? After all, I can always argue that a Norman knight might be particularly keen to show off the well-turned legs that had taken years of exercise to shape….

Material Notes

Some washable cool wool blend with a mixture of green and brown thread; interestingly, this makes the tunic look more green under some kinds of lighting and more brown under others.




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    May 6, 2010, 07.28 PMby frankiesoup

    It’s cool you really want to go for authenticity – is it for a LARP event or something?

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      May 7, 2010, 09.56 AMby lclausewitz

      Not really. I just wear it on the street from time to time when I’m feeling particularly bored with my usual modern wardrobe.

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