Today I finished my first medieval project (I think) in two years! Two summers ago I did a lot of sewing, as we intended to attend events with our group. Those plans fell through due to illness and other things, and in the wake of the disappointment I lost all taste for making medieval clothes. Last year I didn’t make anything, as we, due to little H being born at the beginning of the season, didn’t plan to attend any events. This summer though, we hope to attend at least one weekend event – fingers crossed!
The cotte is made from the left over fabric of Tobias’s cotehardie (from which I have also made myself a pair of hose – the whole family wears clothes from the same fabrics…), a nice, lightly fulled wool. It’s in a style called “Nockert type 5”. This style is slightly too early for us really, but as it’s used in a small child’s garment – that often looks very simple in this period – I think it’s acceptable. Besides, it was the only way I could use the fabric I had in an efficient way.
I’ve sewed it with waxed linen thread, mixing running stitches and back stitches. All seams are felled. The single folded hems are stitched with double rows of running stitches that show as small dots on the right side.
The neck and shoulders are lined with linen (pieced in a couple of places), to prevent itching – my boy has sensitive skin.
5 thoughts on “A Toddler’s 14th Century Cotte”
Fantastic photos! And a lovely garment as well! 🙂
Beautiful! I just love that he is willing to wear this stuff, and is happy in it! And the construction is so exquisite. I would LOVE to see more interior photos of the stitching.
Here's hoping it makes it to a few events!
Here is a sample piece using the same fabric, thread and stitches as the cotte: http://somnardetbegavsig.blogspot.se/2013/07/grunderna-i-handsomnad-del-3-kaststygn.html
Simple but simply perfect. And your little man looks like he adores it, too. Wonderful work, Sarah. 🙂
Lovely work as always! And I so hope to see you and the whole family at an event this year!