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Also known as: Haqueton, Jack or Jupon
Aketon, Arming Coat, Bambikion,
By Inga the Unfettered Lost Vikings Household
MKA: Michelle Height email@example.com
Special thanks to: Olaf the Stout Rasmussen: for asking me to make my first gambeson and taking the time to explain what one was and what it was for. Countess Dierdriana of the Misty Isles MKA: Maureen Whitaker Clifton : for her booklet ‘Fantastic Gambazons’ that got me started on my way. The Lost Vikings : for loving my work so much and for putting it to such good use Dexter of the Silver Talons : for all the brainstorming and for questioning everything My mum : for all the skills that make it possible @ 2001 Inga the Unfettered MKA: Michelle Height All Rights Reserved .
: area around neckline where gorget rubs) Styles Tabard – works best with external armor or for those brave souls that wear absolute bare minimum armor – no sleeves and nominal coverage on sides (ribs) an issue to be considered – this is such a simple design that I do not cover it specifically in the following construction instructions. dags and other such period modifications.What is the wearer’s persona? This will affect color choice. . Attach closures (ties. An established fighter generally has a clear idea of what works for them and will likely want to go with the full finish gambeson for it’s durability.e. I suggest doing a few sketches to help determine what will best serve the wearer’s needs. intended to protect the wearer .) under arms at waist. . Edges of the moving blanket are encased in store bought bias tape or serged to seal in the padding.Is this for a new fighter or established fighter? A new fighter may wish to construct a quick version of the gambeson to save time & cost. grommets & lacing etc. This basic shape can easily be modified to include a collar.Design options There are several factors to consider when choosing the design and style of the gambeson. Simply cover batting/moving blanket according to construction instructions and edge with bias tape as per edging instructions. The pattern I present here does not derive exclusively from any one given period and authenticity has been sacrificed for functionality to some degree. Material Cost: $20 to $30 Construction time: 2 to 3 evenings Lifespan: up to one year with weekly washings High Finish – major investment of time & money – best for those that are committed to fighting. .What type of fighter will wear this gambeson? Lights must have long sleeves. Quick version – ideal for the new fighter – can only be made out of moving blanket The primary difference is that the moving blanket is not encased in anything to increase it’s lifespan.. quilting design and embellishment. . Material Cost: up to $200 Construction time: 30 to 40 hours Lifespan: seemingly indefinite if cared for properly (all those I’ve made are still in use) 4 to 6 years under regular levels of abuse is a conservative estimate (Note: edging and edging where armor rubs will show wear first i. Keep in mind that this garment is.do not let the appearance of the gambeson impede the functionality of the garment – just a word of caution. heavies wear a broad assortment of armor that must be factored in to the fit. above all.
highly fitted .shown here with short sleeve and long sleeve Fitted style .shown here with short sleeve and long sleeve .looser fit works well with either internal or external armor .can be done with open or closed armholes & with or without side slits .designed for use with close fitting internal armor .less fitting required .Loose/Tunic style .armholes are open and sides are slit to provide maximum range of motion .excellent for light fighting .excess fabric may cause bunching .no excess of fabric .
Cotton or Polyester batting Exterior .12 m of Stichwitchery @ 20 inch width OR 4 m of discount fusing (it is generally in greater than 60 inch widths – adjust this amount based on what widths you are able to purchase it in) . pill. An open weave fabric will snag.Closures (this is all matter of choice) .1 package of sewing machine needles (see above for type) .Leather needles are best for punching through the bulk of the moving blanket Shopping list for above materials (based on constructing a gambeson for your average SCA male heavy fighter 180 –200 lbs) .2 inch width adhesive backed Velcro (1 m is usually enough) .Grommets & leather or synthetic lacing .Fabric tie closures made of bias tape fabric . the staff at the fabric stores can help you find these types of fabric) .1 NEW moving blanket OR 3 m Polyester or Cotton batting .Moving Blanket .2 spools of thread in exterior color for quilting and top stitching .this gives you the breathability of cotton with the pill resistance and colorfastness of polyester .2 spools of thread in bias tape color .Regular heavy duty needles .Heavy Suiting or Bull Denim are excellent choices for long term wear (Note: for those new to sewing.Bargain Fabric outlets regularly carry a no-name version of Stichwitchery that is much lighter – it looks like spider web – and is as good a fusing material at about half the cost of Stichwitchery Thread – Poly/cotton blend Sewing Machine Needles .Batting .Materials List Padding Interior .IMPORTANT!!!!! The weave of the fabric you select must be tight – think of how closely woven denim is.Moving blanket . tear and show wear much more readily Bonding Material .MUST be of all natural materials – WARNING some companies sell blankets that have synthetic shells .Stichwitchery can be used but it does add weight to the finished product and is quite costly .2 m @ 60 inch width for bias tape to seal all edges and seams for fitted style OR 1 m @ 60 inch width for bias tape to seal all edges for looser tunic style (see section on design) .3 m @ 60 inch width of each the exterior fabric and the lining .Leather toggles or buckles .Cotton/ Polyester blend fabric is recommended .
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Armpit to sleeve end 5. Desired overlap (approx. Chest expanded 10. Waist 15. Elbow 7. Shoulder to sleeve end 4. Wrist 9. Desired slit 18. Neck to shoulder 3. Armpit to bottom edge . Shoulder to shoulder across rounded back 11.Measurements 1. Base of back of neck to bottom edge 13. Neck 2. Forearm flexed 8. Shoulder to shoulder across expanded chest 12. Base of throat to bottom edge 14. from center line to nipple) 17. Hip 16. Bicep flexed 6.
Note centerline – the amount of overlap can be modified to suit personal taste. . Short Sleeve Long sleeve For Loose/Tunic style Use a tunic pattern as a guide for the fit – I use McCall 2665 Men’s tunic for the basic shape but taper the sleeves from the pattern’s design and split the front on the center line adding enough for an overlap to the resulting front half.Drafting the Pattern For fitted Back Panel Front panel – remember that this is an overlap closure cut 2 pieces one facing left & one facing right.
Batting is hard to wash – I suggest soaking it in hot water in your tub. and lining together with right faces of fabric out. spin in the washer and lay out or tumble on gentle to dry. (see diagram below for applicable edges) - - . allow it to cool FLAT. The overlap will not show. Quilt ALL pieces before proceeding. Pin together sleeves and test width keeping in mind armor and needed range of movement and as small measure of shrinkage due to quilting Cut exterior and lining to the dimensions of the batting/moving blanket pieces Pin exterior. squeezing out the excess. Quilt pieces if desired. Allow the piece to cool before flipping it over to bond other side. DO NOT CUT THE EXTERIOR OR LINING MATERIAL.Construction Process Wash all fabric including the moving blanket/batting in HOT water and dry thoroughly. Heat each spot for about 30 seconds and apply pressure – this helps full bond the materials. FIT TO WEARER – this will be much easier at this point – do not overtrim Open edges of finished pieces and trim ¾ of an inch of batting/padding back from the edge. Set your iron just past perm-press and use full steam. Once done each piece. ALWAYS work from the center of the piece out. Press all fabric and batting/moving blanket – this will make it easier to work with and to fuse together Take all indicated measurements and draft a rough pattern (see Drafting the pattern) Pin together and fit against wearer – do not fit too closely to the body at this point – it can always be trimmed to fit. WASHING WARNINGS: Moving blankets are huge and heavy – don’t risk your washing machine – go to a laundromat. Lift and reposition the iron as you work. Fuse the exterior and lining to the blatting/moving blanket. Work slowly and methodically to be sure that the entire surface is bonding. mark out the desired pattern. the loose cotton fill will shift down the garment Mark out the pattern with marker and then cut out allowing a minimum of 1 inch all round Gently pin together at shoulders and test the fit on the wearer – trim any obvious excess – always trim in small increments – do not over trim or the garment will be too tight. Start by fusing the lining to one side then the exterior. Using tailors chalk. Lay out pattern on batting or moving blanket – IMPORTANT! Quilting channels must run across the piece – including on the sleeves if not. Quilting significantly increases the life of the gambeson as it contains the batting/padding and limits it’s migration within the gambeson. Leave space to accommodate armor and the broad arm movements that are necessary to most styles of fighting. Do not slide the iron – this will cause wrinkles. batting/moving blanket. Make sure that the right and left sides of the front of the garment and the left and right sleeve are assembled correctly – you do not want to begin fusing till this is clear – you cannot easily pull the layers apart once fused Cut fusing – Do not throw away any scraps! You can piece fusing. The garment should not restrict movement in any way.
Repeat with outside seam .Stitch shoulder front (left and right) to shoulder back. I would recommend adding a gusset of the exterior material to the outside of the garment to conceal the hole. If you choose this approach. . Pin sleeve to shoulder and have wearer run slowly through full range of movement.Sew sleeves together .Seal sleeve seam .Baste side seams .Zigzag across join of sleeve and shoulder to tack in place . .Seal side seams if fitted style .Edge armhole if fitted style .- Prepare Bias tape. 3 inch wide strips.Baste stitch sleeves together . There are several different methods for attaching the sleeve Stitched method leaving armpit open – for fitted style . See following pages for complete instructions on the sealing and edging process.Seal shoulder seam with bias tape if using fitted style . .Edge entire neckline with on strip of bias tape . Mark out a large number of strips and cut. prep tape by folding in edges approximately a ½ inch then fold in ends to needed length – length of run of zigzag join . If you use the open armpit design. At this point. this part of the fitting process is crucial as you do not want to have any bunching or biting in the armpit area.Finish by sealing seam . You will need 21/4 inch width strips for the bulk of the gambeson. . instead cut more strips later if needed. With the fitted style. Now assemble in the following order. the gambeson will allow the full movement and hinge at about the hip bone. If the slit is high enough.FIT TO WEARER – at this point take a moment to make sure the armholes are comfortable and that the side slits are deep enough (if applicable) have the wearer do a deep lunge.Using 3inch width bias tape. Place the yardstick on the bias and mark with tailor’s chalk. determine if you wish to cut out a circle of fabric at the inside of the elbow.Line up sleeve seam and side seam of gambeson find point where sleeve and shoulder seam meet .Stitch side seams . Do not mark entire fabric.FIT TO WEARER .Edge bottom edges of front and back .Pin and stitch. Find the bias on your material by pulling on the diagonal and it will give.Edge side slit if applicable . you will also need 4.Start with inside .FIT TO WEARER – the sleeve should not be tight at any point – remember to keep armor and needed range of movement in mind. I have never found this necessary but many fighters do appear to use this approach.FIT TO WEARER – at this point take a moment to make sure the set of the sleeves is comfortable. Work slowly and trim till fit is right. if doing long sleeves. At this point you should have five fused and quilted gambeson pieces and a bunch of strips of home made bias tape.Edge front overlap outside edge .Pin in place up to four inches on either side shoulder seam . . 8 – 10 inch long.Edge shoulder edge if using fitted style Join sleeve to body of gambeson.
Lace in place with leather or synthetic lace Stitched method with sealed armpit – best with loose style .Line up sleeve seam and side seam of gambeson find point where sleeve and shoulder seam meet .Unpin and set grommets . just on case.I would recommend preparing a small flap to stitch in place beneath the grommets to protect the wearer from bites from impact with gommets . Set it aside for future repairs.Grommeting method – best with fitted style .IMPORTANT: If the sealing techniques was not used.Peak of shoulder/sleeve join .Mark points for grommets on body and sleeve . the edges at the shoulders.Top of slit .Reinforce stress points Done by stitching a box with crossing x at stress points (see diagram) Stitch this pattern minimum 3 times.Pin in place up to four inches on either side shoulder seam .Edge of armhole opening Attach closures of choice Wash at least once before wearing in war/tournament to break in gambeson Be sure to keep excess fabric.Sew into place as you would a tunic sleeve . ENJOY!!!!!!!! . Insert reinforcing in the following places . . side seams and armholes will need to be serged or sealed with store bought bias tape to minimize wear.
1. Prep the seam once sewn by pressing the seam allowance away from the seam. Take an appropriate length of 2 ¼ inch bias tape and lay it right side down against the gambeson with the edge of the bias tape butted up against the seam. Repeat on outside edge of seam.Sealing Seams This process entirely encases the seam so as to prevent tearing and to increase the lifespan of the seams. Stitch along folded edge. Stitch into place. Always begin sealing the seam from the inside. 4. Flip bias tape across seam exposing right side of fabric. . Stitch into place approximately 5/8 of an inch away from seam. Turn under bias tape edge approximately 5/8 of an inch and pin. 2. 3.
Edging This process completely encases the edge of the batting or moving blanket to prevent leakage of padding and to increase the lifespan of the exposed edges. This is particularly important on high wear edges such as the neck and armhole. Stitch into place approximately 5/8 of an inch away from seam. 3. Flip bias tape across edge exposing right side of fabric. Prep edge by trimming away any loose threads or padding. Take an appropriate length of 2 ¼ inch bias tape and lay it right side down against the gambeson with the edge of the bias tape butted up against the edge. Flip over gambeson so you are now working from the outside of the gambeson. 2. 1. Always begin sealing the seam from the inside. .
Complete step 1. Stitch into place. . You cannot over pin! This will be particularly tricky around the neckline – work slowly.4. The intention is to make sure that this high wear area is completely sealed 1. Take excess bias tape projecting past the edge of the gambeson and fold it in towards the corner. 2 & 3 as above. Use a measuring tape occasionally to ensure your edging will be even. Turn under bias tape edge approximately 5/8 of an inch and pin. Careful and frequent pinning is the key to an attractively finished edge. 2. Fold in edge of bias tape enough to allow a pleasing width of edging when turned up to body of gambeson. 3. Edging Corners When coming to a corner (bottom of gambeson or at overlap edge on the front left and right piece) the process is a bit more complex.
Use a measuring tape occasionally to ensure your edging will be even. . 5. Be sure that the resulting corner has no exposed raw fabric edges or padding. Turn up edge tight against raw edge of gambeson and pin into place.4. Stitch the corner into place and top stitch three times. Stitch into place.
Two layers of fabric with a layer of batting. Grommet . cotton. with or without reinforcement by stitching. or other such padding material that is flattened into a dense layer. or down in between. Used to hold a sewing project in place and removed when the permanent sewing is done. Used for bindings. or to finish seams of any fabric. Gusset .Strips of fabric which are cut from the bias of the fabric. . This is the stretchiest part on the fabric.Sewing terms defined: Baste . often turned under and pressed.A type of sewing machine that stitches the seam. webbing. cotton. Tack .Fiberfill.A piece of fabric inserted to strengthen and/or enlarge an area of garment. usually permanently. all stitched firmly together.A temporary stitch to hold pieces together. Quilt . The bias cut allows the strip of fabric to smoothly follow curves. Serge . encases the seam with thread.Runs diagonally to the straight grain of the fabric.A stitch type generated by a serger that seals the seam. Double-sided version used to “glue” two surfaces to each other. Can be purchased in precut lengths or by the yard. due to a heat-activated "glue" on one or both sides. wool. strengthen or protect an opening. usually in a decorative crisscross design. Stichwitchery .A small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce. Fusing (bonding material. Bias . Serger . wool. and cuts off excess fabric at the same time. These are used for construction of garments with knit fabrics mostly.See Fusing.A method of temporarily joining fabric using large stitches. Tacking is also known as a term for starting off a seam with a few stitches back and forth for stabilizing. Bonding Material – See Fusing. feathers. facings or edging. Bias Tape . popular brand name Stichwitchery) Has the characteristic of being able to be ironed on. Batting . usually removed after final stitching.
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