12th century tunic pattern for my husband

My husbands christmas gift - based on a 12th century tunic pattern - a grey light-wool 12th century tunic – sleevesAfter several days of drawing and re-drawing, I am finally able to present to you a new addition to my pattern collection – the (late) 12th century tunic pattern which I have been using so successfully for my husbands tunic projects till now:

Well, I admit it, my 12th century tunic pattern is actually based on a tunic found in a royal grave from the early 13th century. Though it can’t be said for sure, my personal opinion is that this pattern can also be counted towards the late 12th century. Due to my love for the 12th century, I decided to count this tunic pattern towards to the late 12th century rather than the early 13th century.
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My husbands 13th century under tunic – more about the “shell” embroidery .1

2015-11 - Racaire - 13th century tunic - under-tunic - 12th century wedding clothing project - medieval embroidery - sca - meridies pilgrims award - compostellaAnd today we are taking a look at the very last pictures of the embroidery for my husbands 13th century under tunic project. I will show you how I created the shell embroidery for my husbands “Order of Compostella”/”Pilgrims Order Award.

After I promised my husband to incorporate all of his SCA awards in the embellishment along the cuffs of his tunic, I waited with the shells until after I finished all the other awards first. Well, at first I wasn’t quite sure how I should realize the pattern with the quite thick “gold thread” which I used for the rest of the embellishment but then I had a striking idea…

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My husbands 13th century under tunic – more about the embroidery

2014-12 Racaire - 13th century tunic - under-tunic - 12th century wedding clothing projectAnd today I have some more pictures of my embroidery for my husbands 13th century under tunic project.

During the last days I was quite busy entertaining a rather bad head cold but today it finally started to clear up again and I am already feeling much better. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be able to think more clearly again and not to sneeze and cough all the time. 🙂

Because of my cold I was not able to take the promised pictures of me wearing my new “Meridian cross cyclas” or some nice close ups of the embroidery but I will try to take this pictures as soon as possible. 😀

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My husbands 13th century under tunic – about my medieval inspiration

2015 - Racaire - my husbands 13th century tunic - 13th century under tunic - 12th century wedding clothingNew inspiration for our hobby can be quite difficult to find but some books really make a difference. Like the one in which I found the inspiration for my husbands new 13th century under tunic.

Since I started with this hobby, which was more then 10 years ago, I have been searching for interesting and inspiring books. But well, with every new book purchase for my book collection I always take a chance.

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13th century under tunic for the “12th century wedding clothing project” finished

 2015.02 - Racaire - hand sewn and embroidered 13th century male tunic for 12th century wedding clothing finishedFinally I can declare the 13th century under tunic project for my sweethearts 12th century wedding clothing project finished. And the expression on my husbands face every time he wears his new hand sewn 13th century under tunic assures me that this project is a great success. 😀

The construction of the 13th century under tunic pattern was a rather long process but I really learned a lot concerning the differences between male and female clothing while working at this project. Especially because I never (hand) sewed a period male garment like this before. It took several alterations to the measurements – especially of the body part – but it was totally worth it. I am very glad that I never gave up, regardless how frustrating some steps of the final fitting process were for me.

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male 13th century tunic for the “12th century wedding clothing project” .9 – bottom hemline embroidery finished :D

2015-01 Racaire 13th century tunic embroidery - neckline embroidery for 12th century wedding clothingAnd again a new update concerning the 13th century under tunic for my sweetheart – it took many working hours and little stitches but the bottom hemline embroidery is finished! *happydance*

Well, the embellishment is quite simple but the bottom hemline looks much more appealing with this extra sparkle. I think you can say that it adds a certain “je-ne-sais-quoi”. 😉

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male 13th century tunic for the “12th century wedding clothing project” .8 – neckline embroidery finished :D

2015-01 Racaire 13th century tunic embroidery - neckline embroidery for 12th century wedding clothingWooohooo! During the last days I added many more embroidery stitches and finished the neckline embroidery for my sweethearts 13th century tunic. *happydance* 😀

Though the embroidery is very simple and rather basic due to the little time I have left for the whole “12th century wedding clothing project”, it adds a nice effect and a lovely golden sparkle around the neckline opening.

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male 13th century tunic for the “12th century wedding clothing project” .7 – more sleeve embroidery – embroidered bears & comets :D

2015-01 Racaire 13th century tunic embroidery - sleeve embroidery for 12th century wedding clothingSince the last posting concerning the sleeve embroidery for the 13th century tunic, I spent even more hours busy working at my husbands 13th century under tunic.
And I am very glad to say that I made great progress concerning the embroidery. 😀

I added two embroidered bears and comets to the sleeves. The bears stand for the “Legion of the Bear“/”Legio Ursi”  SCA award and the comets for the Argent Comet” SCA award.

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male 13th century tunic for the “12th century wedding clothing project” .6 – more sleeve embroidery – embroidered shells & shields :D

2015-01 Racaire 13th century tunic embroidery - sleeve embroidery for 12th century wedding clothingAnd after a lot of hard work during the last days, I managed to make even more progress concerning the sleeve embroidery for the 13th century tunic for my sweetheart – today I have embroidered shells and shields for you. 😀

Yes, two shells and two shields already fill the first four roundels. That leaves just four more empty roundels which need to be filled – two on every sleeve.

The embroidered shells stand for my husbands SCACompostella” award and the embroidered shields for his “Argent Shield“. I am going to add two bears for the “Legion of the Bear“/”Legio Ursi” and two comets for his “Argent Comet” next – this are the other two SCA awards he achieved till now.

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male 13th century tunic for the “12th century wedding clothing project” .5 – sneak peek at the sleeve embroidery :D

2015-01 Racaire 13th century tunic embroidery - sleeve embroidery for 12th century wedding clothingDuring the last days I was very busy working at the sleeve embroidery for the 13th century under tunic for my sweetheart. And it totally payed off –  the embroidery of the major pattern on both sleeves is already finished and ready to be filled. Wooohooo! 😀

I am very happy with the rather fast progress and the overall look of the sleeve embroidery so far. Yes, I admit it, I really like the sparkle of this golden thread on the white linen though I still prefer silver over gold for myself. But well, my sweetheart prefers gold…

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