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simple sideless surcote cutting layout. Been wanting one. Have fabric, will travel. Soon as I get time away from projects for everyone else.
Lisa Joseph "I had found little in the way of how-to information on this easy and elegant garment during my time in the SCA. When a lady who doesn't hesitate to construct Elizabethan garments asked me how to make one, I threw together a sketch and instructions which resulted in this article." (Jehanne de Wodeford is a 13th century Anglo Norman woman from a manor in Wiltshire, England.)
"The sideless surcote was worn with fitted kirtles/underdress and though at first glance it may strike you as dowdy and plain, once on a female form this is a *very* feminine style. ... I don't know if the phrase gates of hell is authenticated (but it certainly often turns up when reading about this garment) but it creates an interesting mental picture of the way the curves of a woman, revealed through the cut away sides of this cote, may tempt a man into sin."