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PERIOD CLOTHING

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Golden Gryphon makes basic clothing from the 1300s to the mid-1500s for re-enactors, primarily those in the SCA. My philosophy is to make reasonably authentic clothing for reasonable prices, rather than aiming for the very top end of the market. For example, most of the clothes below are drill, homespun, or headcloth rather than silk or linen, and are sewn by machine, not by hand. But what you won't get here is lurex, panne velvet, blatant fantasy, or zippers -- the clothes I make will look medieval.

But -- this does not mean I'm not able and willing to go the whole hog -- if you want full historical authenticity, with appropriate fabrics and trim, I am more than happy to create them for you, at an appropriate price. Send me e-mail if you're interested.

Getting Started Outer Wear Underwear Cloaks Accessories

Outer Wear

Capuchon (close-fronted hood)

This hooded cape is suitable for men or women from the 11th to 15th centuries. It has a long tail (liripipe) and comes with a contrasting lining. The cape may be plain or dagged. Available in cotton, or wool with linen lining. The wool version makes good rainwear.

Capuchons can also be worn as hats. The face hole goes on top of the head with the edge rolled up, the liripipe wraps round it to keep it in place, and the cape is pushed over to one side in a decorative fall. This style became so popular that eventually they were constructed purely as hats, with an overstuffed roll as the brim. They also gave rise to various styles of women's padded-roll headdresses.

Cotton, $25. Wool/linen, $50 For woolen capuchons, please e-mail me to arrange colours etc.

Type
Hood Colour
Lining Colour
 

Woman's Open-fronted Hood

$25

Type
Hood Colour
Lining Colour

Womans Elizabethan Coif

White only, $25

Type

Men's Viking/Saxon Leg Wraps (Wickelbander)

These are two strips of wool 2.16m long by 13cm wide, slightly tapered at both ends, in a lovely brown and white herringbone pattern

One size $20

   

Woman's Veil (Headrail) Kit

This 11th-13th century veil kit contains an oval of fine linen 82cm x 72cm and a linen headband-chinstrap combination, plus half-a-dozen straight pins. The headband has an elastic insert so it fits snugly but comforatably. The chinstrap is pinned to the headband, the veil goes over the top and is aslo pinned to the headband to keep it in place.

One size fits all, $15

 

Plain Apron

$8

Colour

Underwear

Here we have undergarments for women: hose (stockings), chemises (shifts, slips), and underdresses; and for men, hose, shirts, and various forms of underpants (braies). Why no underpants or bras for women? Neither of these were worn in period -- believe me, by the time you've got several layers of chemise, petticoat, and dress hiked up to use a chamberpot, the last thing you want to worry about is getting panties pulled down! Tightly-fitting bodices, and later, corsets, took the place of a bra. A seprate breast-support garment was not invented until the 20th century. The ideal feminine figures of much of our period had high, small, well-separated breasts for maidens and ample bosoms for matrons, neither of which suit the profile given by a modern bra.

Women

Cloth Hose

These bias-cut cloth hose are suitable for the 13- to 1500s and are very comfortable to wear. They are held up by garters just under the knee. The standard hose fit a calf size up to 45cm and a foot length to 30cm; if you require larger sizing, please e-mail me before you order. They are available in linen or cotton in several colours.

Linen hose, $20 / pair
Cotton hose, $15 / pair

Hose Type
Linen Hose Colour
Cotton Hose Colour
Other colour
Calf Diameter
(widest point) in cm
Foot Length in cm

Knitted Hose

These hand-spun, hand-knitted woolen hose are suitable for the 1500s and are essentially shaped long socks, They are held up by garters just under the knee and come in a range of colours (natural plant dyes). They are also available in alpaca for those who are allergic to wool,

These are not fast to knit! Expect a delay of two-three weeks before delivery.

Woolen hose, $60 / pair
Alpaca hose, $70 / pair

Hose Type
Woolen Hose Colour
Alpaca Hose Colour
Colour for Dyed Hose
(see the wool page for colours)
Height from knee to floor in cm
Foot Length in cm
 

Garters

These simple garters in twisted or plaited fat hund-spun, hand-dyed wool are the most economical way to hold up your hose. There's plentry of length (70cm) to tie a nice Reaissance half-bow and have the ends hang down.

Twisted, $2.00 / pair; Plaited, $5.00 / pair (plaiting takes time!).

Type
Colour (see the threads page)

 

The tablet-woven garters are based on a 14th century patten, and come in wool or silk, both hand-woven and hand-dyed. If you prefer them a single colour rather than striped, just leave the Colour 2 field blank. Dimensions, 68 x 1 cm.

Wool, $15 / pair; SIlk, $25/ pair

Type
Colour 1 (see the thread page)
Colour 2 (see the threads page)
 

Early Chemise (Worn Under a Kirtle)

Suitable for the 1300s through to the early 1500s. This simple calf-length chemise has less fullness in the body and sleeves as compared to the Renaissance Chemise below. However, there is still plenty of room in the sleeves to allow easy arm movement, without bunching up under the narrow sleeves of a kirtle or similar garment. The chemise is cut with the front lower than the back to prevent it showing above the kirtle neckline. The neck and wrists can be gethered with an adjustable drawstring, or permanently gathered with white ribbon. The basic riibbon trim is synthetic; cool iron only! Silk ribbon is available as an extra option.

Cotton voile, $45.00

Style
Length

Renaissance Full-Sleeved Chemise

Suitable for the 1400 and1500s. This full-sleeved calf-length chemise is ideal for pulling through slashed or multi-part sleeves. One size filts all for body; available in short, medium, and tall lengths. The chemise is cut with the front lower than the back, but it can still be arranged to show at the neckline of a gown if desired. The neck and wrists can be gethered with an adjustable drawstring or permanently gathered with white ribbon. The basic riibbon trim is synthetic; cool iron only! Silk ribbon is available as an extra option.

Cotton voile, $45.00

Style
Length

Round-Neck Chemise

$60

 

Tudor Chemise

$60

 

Undergown for V-Neck Dress or Houpelande

This undergown is particulary comfortable for well-endowed ladies (and I speak from experience here ;-) ). Once you get used to having lacing across your entire rib cage under the front band supporting your breasts, rather than a single band just under them, and having the weight taken by the whole shoulders of the gown rather than narrow straps, it is all much, much more comfortable. And you can jump up and down with everything staying in place!

$70

Men

14th-15th Century Split Hosen

These bias-cut separate hose are based on examples from paintings and grave finds. Each hose has a pair of lacing holes at the top point for holding them up. By an odd coincidence these holes exactly match the pair near the waist of the 14th century braies below ;-)

Sizes: S (shoes 3-6), M (shoes 7-9), L (shoes 10-12)

Linen, $25; Cotton, $20.

Type
Linen Colour
Cotton Colour
Size

Tie-Neck 11th-14th Century Shirt

This basic shirt has a tie collar and straight sleeves, not very full. A gussetted underarm provides a good range of movement. An excellent undershirt for SCA heavy combat Also suitable for earlier periods where a close neckline and slimline sleeves are required.

Available in white only.

Linen, $50; cotton $40.

Type
Size

14th Century Braies (Underpants)

These braies are designed to be worn beneath split hose and hold them up, but can also be worn with short hose under a tunic or robe. Suitable for the 12th to early 15th century.

Available in linen, with a cotton drawstring waistband, and lacing holes above each leg for the hose, or all-cotton.

White only; one size fits up to 92cm waist (38in).

Linen, $25, cotton, $20.

Type

15th Century Braies (Underpants)

These braies are designed to be worn underneath a pair of full hose, protecting the wearer. Suitable for late 15th and early 16th Century garb, before pumpkin breeches, pluderhosen or venetians came into fashion.

Available in linen, with a cotton drawstring waistband, and a front panel for access, since full-hose cannot be pulled down once tied to the bottom of a doublet.

White only; one size fits up to 92cm waist (38in).

Linen, $25, cotton, $20.

Type

 

Cloaks

Accessories

13th Century Wool Pouch

$20

Colour
 

Plain Cloth Pouch

$8

Colour
 

Shepherd's Waist Pouch

$15

"Blackwork" Strips for Collars and Cuffs

These are machine-embroidered simple blackwork designs on white linen. Each set has three strips sufficient for the neck and wrists of a shirt.

$5 per set

Colour
Design