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Pourpoint

The pattern of this tight, well-fitted dress looks very complicated, yet it is composed from fewer parts than the number of fabric pieces used to sew it. Smaller pieces of fabric were sewn together to form meaningful parts of the pattern, such as sleeves, and then the pattern was sewn together to make the pourpoint. The picture shows you the pattern parts, and their composing fabric pieces were delineated by grey lines.

This garment is padded, with the top layer made of silk. The sleeve openings are very large, which must have made the pourpoint very comfortable to wear. The bottom hem contained holes for laces to tie the hose. On top of this garment, the owner could have worn a men's cotehardie (late 14th century).

 

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Based on: Some Clothing of the Middle Ages - Tunics - Charles of Blois' pourpoint; I. Marc Carlson; 1996

 

 
Patterns of extant garments - Undergowns, part 1
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