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12th to 13th Century Costume

We make to strictly to customer requirements for an era where the styles where the simple, formal cut of the Normans transformed into the extravagence of the Plantagenet era. We do not carry garments in stock for this era. Please be prepared to provide a complete set of diagrams or illustrations of the garment(s) and a quotation will be provided for your consideration. Please allow 2-3 months for research, pattern making & testing, cutting and manufacture, dependant on the complexity of the garment.

There are - however - a number of garments which can be drawn from the Later Medieval range to shortcut this. Obviously, the doublets and gowns of the 12th and 13th century are a world away from the close fitting renaissance styles of the 15th century. There are a number of the more basic garments which saw little or no change across 500 years. The garments below are extracted from the 14th/15th century list and where there are deviations, this is included in the commentary.


Hose, Single Legged  from: £35  
Kirtle  from: £75  
Coif, tied  from: £10  
Cloak, Hooded  from: £99  
Cloak, Plain  from: £70  
Shoes  from: £75  

Tunic - from £50.00
Strictly speaking, the tunics we sell off the peg are the shorter 13th/14th century style.
Long Braies - from £25.00
Authentic comfortable underwear! With drawstring fastening.
Shirt, Hand finished - £25.00
Neck and sleeve ends all hand stitched, no visible machine stitching
Shirt, linen - £35.00
Made in linen and hand finished
Hood, plain - from £30.00
Wool and wool lined, very warm.
Hood, lirapipe - from £35.00
Wool and wool lined, with the classic long tail behind


Note:
Kirtles The sleeves are close fitting 15th century style. There is no harm in detaching the sleeves or using the garment as an under-kirtle, over which a gown is worn. On it's own, it is not authentic for before 14th century.
Shift, cotton - £29.00
Underdress, neck and sleeve ends all hand stitched, no visible machine stitching.
Shift, linen - £39.00
Underdress, neck and sleeve ends all hand stitched, no visible machine stitching.

It must be stressed again that the above list is provided purely for convenience and provision of a few basic garments.

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Hose, Single Legged

The Single Legged Hose is literally a sleeve for the leg, without any connection of material between each leg. Suitable for 12th to 15th century, they would also double for much earlier trews (trousers) when worn with a thiegh length or longer tunic, where the separation of leg is not visible. The garment is "cut on the cross" to give it maximium stretch to the limits of the material. Each leg has a pair of eyelet holes to tie or attach to the Braies or an under belt as you prefer.
The outer garment is wool and strenghtened at the top of the leg with calico.
You will need to purchase Long Braies to wear with Single Legged Hose. We also sell brass aiglets (or point ends), at £1 each. You will need a total of 4 aiglets, if you wish to use points for this garment.
It can be delicately stated that gentlemen of a larger waist size may find this a more practical option to wearing Joined Leg Hose and the inherent risks of having a large posterior constrained within tight fitting material.

Size: Standard, one size. Several colours available ex-stock.

Prices from: £35  Goto Top 

Kirtle

This is the late 14th, 15th century and early 16th century style kirtle, close fitting and with sleeves which taper to closely fit the arm and has a lace up front. The front should be worn laced close together (straight laced). Using cross lacing causes the shift to show through and is considered "advertising" (whence we have a "loose woman").
The garment is available in wool or linen. A long piece of braid for lacing is included.
We also sell brass aiglets (or point ends), should you wish to make lacing the garment a lot easier, at £1 each, you will need 2, one for each lace end.
Technically, the Kirtle is an underdress - although wearing it on it's own acceptable in hot weather, for colder weather you should consider an Overdress or at least making a Tabard or similar. Do not even think about wearing one without a Shift underneath!

Size: Bust (inches), 32" to 44" ex-stock in both wool and linen

Prices from: £75  Goto Top 

Coif, tied

Simple medieval headcovering, tied under the neck. Ideal for wearing beneath hats and helmets and keeping the Devil out of your head. Please note we cannot be held responisble for any infestation of Devils while wearing our Coifs, this is your problem.
Calico.

Size: Standard. Usually ex-stock.

Prices from: £10  Goto Top 

Cloak, Hooded

Our cloaks are made with function in mind. They are thick, hard wearing, durable and above all keep you warm. That is their purpose, they are made out of thick coating quality wool, and are lined in heavy cotton for strength. They are hemmed at the bottom, no half measures, leaving unhemmed edges is sloppy workmanship. The hood is not the floppy, fall over your face fanciful "widow's" style, it sits properly on your head as it should do. The neckline is correctly shaped and as a consequence the cloak will not ride back and strangle you, it will hang about the shoulders equally.
It is an unintended co-incidence that our cloaks happen to look extremely elegant and move beautifully. We would prefer to think you are looking for a hardy and rugged garment to wear round a blazing campfire on freezing cold nights and whipping winds, and stay snug. You can treat them with waterproofing if you wish, but the wool does possess a natural degree of water resistance and even when the wool is very wet, the lining tends to remain dryish except on the shoulders. Never wash your cloak, preferably do not dry clean it either as the dry cleaning chemicals do horrible things to the natural properties of the wool, simply hang it out to air on fine days and it will last you for many, many years.
Let's not get drawn into the arguments flying about as to whether it is authentic to have hoods attached to cloaks. We are happy that they did but life is too short to argue about these things, so your call, if you are not happy with it, acquire one of our Plain Cloaks and separate Hood instead. Generally available in Black, Navy, dark Green or Burgundy, subject to stock.

Size: Standard

Prices from: £99  Goto Top 

Cloak, Plain

A cheaper alternative to the Hooded Cloak, these are simple, single button fastening cloaks without hood or lining. They are the most basic protection against the weather that has been devised since time began and ideal for living history. We also supply separate full, lined hoods if you so require.
Generally, we use lighter weight wools for this sort of cloak (compared to the Hooded Cloaks which are generally heavier wools). We have a couple of very heavy wool plain cloaks, made of a coating wool, be warned we are not joking when we say heavy! If you are up for wearing them, please note the higher postage costs involved.
Cloaks can be treated with waterproofing if you wish. Never wash your cloak, preferably do not dry clean, hang it out to air on fine days instead. Generally available in Navy, dark Green or Burgundy, subject to stock.

Size: Standard. Heavy wool version costs 5 more postage.

Prices from: £70  Goto Top 

Shoes

We are in the process of discontinuing this stock line, we now recommend Ana Period Shoes for all your Medieval Shoe requirements

Size: Standard, UK sizes DISCONTINUED, light brown colour only.

Prices from: £75  Goto Top 


For garments off list, please be prepared to provide a complete set of diagrams or illustrations of the garment(s) and a quotation will be provided for your consideration. Please allow 2-3 months for research, pattern making & testing, cutting and manufacture, dependant on the complexity of the garment.