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At Revival Clothing we provide quality reproductions utilizing materials and construction methods that are as close as possible to the originals while still being able to offer them at a reasonable price. The ornamentation of clothing in period was very individualized and to look authentic it typically needs to be done by hand. We view our garments as canvases upon which you can create your unique medieval look, even if you've never sewn a stitch. Below are three examples of gowns and two examples of surcoats that have been modified and ornamented using three different methods that methods used in the time period. These techniques can be used on any garment: hoods, cottes, chauses or even gambesons. Note that, with the exception of the block printing example, these examples were made using machine stitching, but they could also be done using hand stitching.


Example 1

Shown here is our Gold Linen Gown with Linen Barbette, Rectangular Veil and Ladies's Turret Hat. This gown was block printed using fabric paint and stamps commercially available at the craft store. Each piece was faced on the inside with plastic to prevent bleeding on the opposite side, painted, left to dry and then the painted areas were heated treated with an iron to set the paint according to the paint manufacturers instructions. In addition the neck and sleeve edge were finished with red piping (available at the fabric store) and the sleeves were slit to add red handmade fabric buttons that close with handmade fabric loops.


Example 2

Shown here is our Blue Silk Gown with a Linen Barbette, Rectangular Veil and Medieval Underdress. The long sleeves of this gown were cut to form oversleeves that hang down (this style proceeded the evolution of the separate tippet and can be seen in the Lutrell Psalter, circa 1340) and are lined in dark green. The entire gown was painted with fabric paint in the simple three circle pattern found in the clothes of several 14th century manuscripts. At the neck, hem trim was added that has the depth and appearance of embroidery. Finally, a scallop pattern of machine embroidery was added below the trim around the neck, sleeve edge and hem. This is an excellent example of how several methods of ornamentation can be used on one garment.



Example 3

Shown here is our Black Silk Gown with Linen Wimple and Silk Veil. Applique was used on this gown at the neck, sleeve edges and wrist. The fabric used for the applique came from a single scrap of tapestry fabric - different parts of the pattern were used on each of three areas. The method employed involved cutting around the pattern leave 1/8"-1/4" from the edge of the desired part of the pattern. Then the tapestry was pinned to the dress and a machine satin zig-zag stitch was used on all the raw edges. In this case, the fabric used was pretty stiff and generally stayed in place with pins, but when using a lighter weight fabric in the applique it can be useful to stabilize the area by first fusing the applique to the garment using Stitch Witchery, or a similar product, found at the fabric store. The inspiration for this design comes from a depiction of a maiden of noble birth shown as an angel in the painting of the Resurrection by the Vyssi Bord Master dating circa 1350.



Example 4

Shown here are two of our Surcoats that have had multiple layers of piping added at the armhole and neckline. The first Surcoat is pattern and is worn with our Green Silk Gown, Silk Veil, Barbette and Ladies Tapestry Hat pattern. The second Surcoat is shown with our Red Silk Gown and Rectangular Linen Veil. The multicolored piping used on both can be found in the home decorating section of retail fabric stores. The piping was simply top stitched on the finished edge of the surcoat making for a quick, simple project that adds the perfect, individualized finishing touch.




Example 5

Shown here is our Wool Cotte and Linen Liripipe Hood. The Wool Bag-sleeved Cotte has had woven trim added to the cuffs, hem and front opening. The trim was chosen for its colors and period appropriate pattern and top stitched on the finished cotte. The buttonholes were restitched into the trim along the front opening. We've replaced the traditional pin closure on the Linen Liripipe Hood with a row of several small pewter buttons and added the corresponding buttonholes. The wool cotte is shown with our Wool Chauses in the black/brown tweed and both the linen hood and our Men's Tapestry Hat. The linen hood is shown with our Men's Tapestry Hat and our Wool Tunic in the black/brown tweed.









Example 6

Here we have a coordinated set of 12th century outfits - our Silk 12th century Pendant-sleeved Gown and  Silk Supertunic Linen Under Tunic. The Silk Gown was rinsed several times to slightly dull the intensity of the color and give it a slight aged, naturalistic look. Tablet woven trim was then sewn to the neckline and then gold hand embroidery was added to both top and bottom of the trim. Geometric patterns common to this period were also hand embroidered in browns and greens around the upper arm and the inside edge of the sleeve. The Gown is shown with our Linen UnderdressLinen Wimple and Double Wrapped Tapestry Belt.

The Men's Supertunic is enhanced by the additional of woven trim at the Upper arm and coordinated trim was added to the neckline of the Linen Undertunic. This is a great example of how a little trim, judiciously applied and few minutes of sewing takes an ensemble to the next level.




Example 7

This outfit combines our Silk and Linen Men's Clothes for a unique particolored effect. Our Reversible Silk Cotte is worn with both Silk and Linen Chauses, Ribbon Garters, Linen Liripipe Hood, Coif and Shirt. One of each of two pairs of chauses, Blue Linen and Green Silk, are worn for particolored effect. Notice that cuffs of the cotte are rolled up to show the contrast color and the particoloring extends to the garters and the short boots. It is the details like this that really bring an outfit to life. The Blue Linen Hood has had trim added to the front edge for added contrast. Note that trim was chosen that has a matching background color to the Blue linen to further the illusion and make the trim look like it was embroider directly on to the hood. Our model is showing off the advantages to ladies to sometimes adopting medieval men's clothes on the hottest days.



Example 8

This outfit consists of our Wool Tunic and Hood and Linen Chauses for a completely particolored look. Our Wool Tunic is worn with both particolored Linen Chauses, Ribbon Garters, Ankle Boots, and Leather Gloves. We have extended our particoloring right down to the Gloves and Boots combining the colors of Brown, Green, Red and Gold, using the brighter colors to accent the more subtle tones. Here, we also show our Wool Dagged Hood rolled up into the Chaperone Hat. In the second photo we show the two particolored outfits together to demonstrate the full vibrancy of a medieval illuminated manuscript.


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