How to Make a Simple Medieval Dress
This dress is based on simple shapes and uses remarkably little fabric. Most people can get the
size they need out of 3m of a standard 60" wide fabric. Choose a decent linen or fine wool for
accuracy, but the dress will also make up well in more fun fabrics such as velvet or furnishing
The pattern is based on fourteenth century examples excavated in Greenland and adapted
very slightly for ease of manufacture.
This layout is the one I use but the shapes are simple enough to juggle on the fabric. Wider gores
will give a fuller skirt, and you may wish to shape the sleeves and avoid an under-arm gore.
Cut four panels about 30cm wide using the full fabric drop. This
allows for a finished bust size of up to 42", if you need a larger size,
make the panels wider.
Cut four gores 60cm by 100cm (one will be in two pieces)
Cut two sleeves 30cm by 60cm
Cut two kite-shaped gores approx 30-20cm
Sew the gores to the panels.
Pin shoulders and try on. Mark neck and shoulder.
Trim body of dress to make shoulders fit, sew shoulders.
Sew in sleeves and underarm gores. Turn dress inside out and try
Take in sleeves, back seam and under bust opening to fit.
Finish seams, hem neck , hem and bodice opening and add lacing to