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My 14th century XL hood sample – the finished hood sample & some information about my hood pattern…

2015-07-Racaire-my-14th-century-XL-hood-sample-14th-century-hood-pattern-enlarged-hand-sewingDo you remember the 14th century XL hood pattern about which I told you recently?

Well, then I have some great news for you! I managed to finish the hand-sewing part of my 14th century XL hood before “A Midsummer Day’s Brawl” – an SCA event in Tennessee last weekend and I took my finished XL sample hood with me to the event for a fitting.

Though my friend – for whom I drafted this pattern – and I were quite busy at the event, we managed to find some time where he was able to try on the 14th century XL sample hood and guess what! …it fits fine! *happydance*

I was very relieved to see the good fit of the 14th century XL hood pattern which I just drafted some days ago to meet the specific measurements of my friends head. But even more important than the fit of the new XL hood pattern was to see my friend happy! Well, yes, I admit it – I love moments like this… 🙂

And to make him even more happy, I agreed to make two small changes to my pattern – I will take off about 4cm at the bottom border of the hood and shorten the quite long liripipe. This are very fast changes and quite marginal in comparison to the task of drafting a bigger pattern. I wish every problem in life could be solved that easy… 😉

Furthermore I also managed to make another man in my life quite happy. My sweetheart loves his new hood and what shall I say – so does Alice! But instead of wearing it, she mostly concentrates on hunting the end of the long liripipe… *giggle*

2015-07 - Racaire - my 14th century XL hood sample - 14th century hood pattern enlarged - hand sewing

As my husbands head is slightly smaller than the head of my friend for whom I drafted this pattern, the 14th century XL hood pattern is a little bit too big for him. Well, at least for my taste – he on the other side really enjoys his new hood.

Whenever I will end up with too much spare time I might draft a fitting pattern for him… Well, whom am I kidding? Unless I make it a project and set my mind on making a new hood for him this will actually never happen… You know me, I never have spare time – just one project following another and sometimes even more than just one project at one time. *lol* 😉

And now let’s take a look at the new hood pattern and let me tell you a little bit more about the hood pattern I use – enjoy! 😀


Well, I think the smile on my sweethearts face says it all – he very much enjoys the idea of getting new clothing which is hand sewn. 🙂

…and here a look at the back for you:


Btw. this 14th century XL hood pattern is actually based on the same pattern which I used for my own pink 14th century hood project – just slightly bigger. 🙂

And now you might ask – where did I get the basic pattern for the 14th century hood pattern which I just drafted? [emember_protected not_for=3-4 do_not_show_restricted_msg=1]

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Well, this question is easily answered by referring you to another great book from my book collection:

Medieval Garments Reconstructed:
Norse Clothing Patterns

By Lilli Fransen, Anna Norgaard and Else Ostergard
Published by: Aarhus University Press
ISBN: 9788779342989

A short book review can be found at Medievalists.net: Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns
After a short search I could also find another book review at the blog Neulakko written by my friend Elina which I find even more helpful if you are thinking about getting a copy for yourself: Neulakko – Medieval Garments Reconstructed
Just scroll down a little – the English version of the text starts immediately after the text in Finnish. 🙂

I highly agree with my friend Elina that with neglecting the hand-sewing, seam details,…   of the reconstructed medieval garments a very important part is actually missing. Nevertheless this book is still a great addition for everyone who is interested into the 14th century and prefers to work with patterns rather than drafting a pattern on the body.

Though I still draft my dresses on the body and am not very interested into the shown dress patterns, I really love the section with the hoods and caps:

  • page 106 – 108 – Hood – Museum No. D10596
  • page 110 – 112 – Hood – Museum No. D10597
  • page 114 – 116 – Hood – Museum No. D10600
  • page 118 – 120 – Hood – Museum No. D10602
  • page 122 – 124 – Hood – Museum No. D10606
  • page 126 – 128 – Hood & Cap – Museum No. D10608
  • page 130 – 132 – Cap – Museum No. D10610

…and the section with the stockings is also quite interesting:

  • page 134 – 136 – Stockings – Museum No. D10613
  • page 138 – 140 – Stockings (without foot part) – Museum No. D10616

I find it very helpful that every one of the sub-categories listed above provides a picture of the extant museum piece as well as the reconstruction. The very last page of every sub-category shows the pattern the authors of the book propose for the shown pieces.

My hood pattern is based on hood D10597 shown on page 110 – 112. But I altered the pattern a little bit by adding a slight curve at the backside of my head section to get my pattern a little bit closer to what I can see at the picture showing the extant medieval piece. 🙂

…and last but not least – you can find this book here:
Amazon.com: Medieval Garments Reconstructed
Amazon.de: Medieval Garments Reconstructed

Btw. if you would like to know more about this reconstructed medieval garments, I highly recommend another great book which provides many interesting details about this textiles:

Woven into the Earth:
Textile finds in Norse Greenland

By Else Ostergard
Published by: Aarhus University Press
ISBN: 9788772889351

…and this book can be found here:
Amazon.com: Woven into the Earth: Textile finds in Norse Greenland
Amazon.de: Woven into the Earth: Textile Finds in Norse Greenland 

But enough about my 14th century XL hood pattern for now, I have to get back to my embroidery… 😉

Best regards Racaire