“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work.”

– Emile Zola

This site deals exclusively with 14th century English and French women’s clothing. The Luttrell Psalter (see Glimpses of Medieval Life on the British Library website) and the Greenland finds ( Woven Into the Earth) are the specific focus.

There are no new demos scheduled at this time but there a few older demos, still relevant, that need to be added. Please enjoy what is here, it is free for your personal use offline. If you would like to use any of the information on this site for teaching please contact The Medieval Tailor for permission. Please don’t use the information here for any other website without discussing and obtaining permission from the tailor in advance.

This site is not affiliated with the Medieval Tailor’s Assistant, another great resource. The information on this site is free and not published anywhere else.

12 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I just started a kirtle and came across your site a while back came back for help. Was sorry to see it was ‘down’. Can’t wait to see the site back up and running. But….instead of making PDF’s wouldn’t it be easier to cut and paste the old html into WordPress’ html post editor?

  2. Hi Sarah,

    It’s a fair question. I’ve done a lot of thinking about how I want to persue this. For one thing, I don’t want this site to cost me money any more so with many of WordPress’ templates, they don’t give me a lot of menu subnav options. Since I have so many demos and other misc pages I believe it would become unwieldy to have all the pages in one long subnav listing.

    Uploading all of the images is a monumental task. Some of the demos are so long I need more than one page which makes the subnav mentioned above pretty gross. In the end I decided on pdfs so that folks could print demos easily and not have to refer back and forth to their computers.

    In the end PDF is the way to go with demos in a non-active site in WordPress…

    You’ve given the needed nudge. I’ll get going on this soon.


  3. Just found your site, and saw your health issue. I will add you to my prayers as that is my way of helping. I have had three friends deal with this and they all came through with flying colors. NOT much hair during the ordeal, but flying colors as I gave them all a very colorful quilt to hang on to during the chemical processes. It gave them something more to think about, friends that are truly wtih them in spirit. I will pray for your healers too.

  4. A couple of friends have drawn my attention to your site, so it seemed courteous to come and look. I appreciate your comments about the Medieval Tailor’s Assistant and would like to make it clear that I don’t hold a copyright on the words ‘medieval’ or ‘tailor’ any more than I claim to be the sole authority on the subject! Thanks for acknowledging my work and congratulations on sharing yours.

    • I’m delighted you stopped by. Your book is so awesome. True about copyright, I just didn’t want anyone to think I was an impostor. Or worse, actually YOU.

      Thank you for getting in touch. 😊

    • Hi Jen,

      It is not my habit to give out my personal email. But I might make an exception if I had a clue why. Is it to discuss clothing here on the site or some other topic?


  5. Hello Good Lady

    I seem to recall that you had some other patterns here before.. a sucrote and? I can’t recall..

    where those pages lost somehow? they were very helpful

    Anyway they can be brought back?

    • Greetings!

      I got cancer in the middle of transferring the site so your memory is correct. I do have a surcote demo.

      It is definitely my plan to bring whatever was there back but I’m not sure when. To my chagrin, I keep getting health problems but it is definitely my intention.

      No promises but hopefully I can get this done by my birthday in July.

      Thank you for inquiring. I’ll take this as a nudge and out it on my to do list.


  6. Mr. Octar
    I’m David Issac, a brazillian saillor at Brazil that try to suvive with giving classes of this kind of activity. But, now, it’s impossible for me (with four kids) to do it in good conditions. So, three months ago, my older daugther showed me your work (the turn shoe) and i saw a possible way to survive this tragic barzillian moment. So, i tryed an, one is already donne but the sole. The gumm you use is a tire scrape; but the chemistry to agglomerate it i really don’t know..
    More than it i have problems whem closing the shoe. The one i did for me was good but whem i did it for my daugther, it became deformated. Could you please help me to do it methodologically on a way to don’t loose leather (it’s extremely expensive here). It so sorry to make you loose your time with me but oyu will be saving a father trying to keep his family on.
    I’m David Isaac da Cunha Rosadas and my e-mail is davidisaacrosadas@gmail.com
    Thanks a lot in advanca and receive my best regards.

    • Mr. Issac,
      I’m sorry but I’m not a shoe expert. This very simple page was not intended to replace modern show construction or needs. The entire shoe is leather, no gum, no glue, no tire scaps. All leather.
      I used a medieval closure because I can document the use.
      I did find this online but don’t know if you can use it or not.
      I’m sorry, I wish I could help more.
      All the best to you,
      Ms. Cynthia

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