Men’s costume from zero to hero – Part 6, the kyrtle

15.08.2016 by Rotschopf in Clothing

I already showed you some details about the man’s kyrtle in the first half of the 14th century already here and here. Now I have made another one for my husband’s outfit.

Die Quellenlage:

Gurk Cathedral, mid 14th century

Master of the back side of the Verdun Altar around 1330

and again

Biblia Pauperum around 1330-40

Sachsenspiegel around 1340

and again and again

Lilienfelder Chronik around 1350

The type of kyrtle is about the same for all depictions of simple men. rather loose fitting, knee length in simple colours like brown, grey, red or light blue, often unbuttoned or with just a few buttons on the neck and wrist.

For the pattern, I took the Bocksten Mann and the Herjolfsnes finds as an inspiration, but then decided to mix them up a bit and used 2 high side gores and no front and back gores to reach that loose fit as in the fresquoes of the Gurk Cathedral. The garment is buttoned with 3 fabric buttons on the neck and 5 on each wrist, adressing the fashion of the time but hopefully not the flexibility for work.

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The material is grey woven and milled wool fabric, that needs no trimming on the inside since it won’t unravel.

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The other parts of the series:

Part 1 – Research

Part 2 – Bruoch

Part 3 – Hosen

Part 4 – Shirt

Part 5 – Hood

Part 6 – Kyrtle