Outfit, Ladies Early Gown Basic, Linen

This value priced package gives you the basic garments for mid-status impression circa 900-1300.  Package contains a gown, stockings and your choice of headwear. All garments are made of linen.

Establish the status of your portrayal with colour, and then dress it up or down with various accessories such as jewelry, belt, purse, shoes, garters, etc. (Accessories not included).


The Early Medieval Gown is a well documented, generic early medieval style,  appropriate for the period 900-1300. The pattern based  on a number of extant garments from the 11th-13th C. which share similar patterning details.  It is recommended by Regia Anglorum and the Vikings for Anglo Saxon and Norman portrayals. It may be worn alone or layered with other garments.


The body is a generously sized "A" shape, flaring from the point of the shoulder to hem. The bottom width is increased with gores inserted from waist to hem. The sleeves are tapered to the wrist, and have a square gusset under the arm. The neckline is round and finished with a self-fabric facing. Sizing allows for floor length on most women and above ankle length on most men.  Medium weight linen. 


The pattern for Stockings was derived from the Bocksten man’s hosen and from hose fragments found at Bayard’s Castle Dock in London.  The attached foot has been redesigned to remove the underfoot seams which a modern person would find uncomfortable. 


Stockings are made of bias cut linen fabric and are sized to fit a woman's leg and foot. Medium weight linen. 



This package includes -one- headress. You may choose the headress most appropriate to the period/status you are portraying from the following selections:

(700-1000) Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman  - Women covered their heads in tenth and eleventh century England as it was considered indecent for a woman to show her hair. Our headrail set is a modern interpretation based on illuminations and extrapolations from written sources. The set is made of fine ivory linen, hand woven wool braid in natural dye colours and hand made pins. 


Set includes: 

White linen ‘feax-clath’ (triangular headscarf) 36" x 26" (all sizes approx.) 

30" woven wool headband/fillet 

28" x 80" white linen wimpel (veil) 

2 handmade pins  


(1000-1300)-Wimple and veil- The wearing of veils stretches back to the roots of Christianity, when women were enjoined to cover their hair as a symbol of a woman’s submission to God and -by extension- men.  As Christianity spread throughout Europe,  women followed the Roman tradition of veils as head covering. The throat covering known as the Wimple has its roots in the ‘Hijab’ worn by Middle Eastern women, and seems to have been brought to Europe in the early 12th century by Crusaders returning from campaigns in the Holy Land.  The wimple was adopted by married women, widows and members of religious orders, and remained a staple of the adult woman’s wardrobe from the 12th century thru the end of the 15th C.. 


Set includes:

-Funnel shaped wimple, fine ivory linen

-Oval veil  (30”x40”), fine ivory linen 

-2 handmade pins 


(1250-1325) Barbette and tall fillet set is based on visual images which depict a tall, flat band worn over a foundation cap which passes under the chin. The headdress is worn with or without the hair contained in a netted snood. 


Set includes:

-Barbette in a demi-coif shape, ivory linen 

-Tall fillet band, ivory linen 

-2 handmade pins 

-Faux silk snood (black) 


(1250-1325) Barbette and Ruffled fillet set is based on visual images of the mid 13 to early 14th centuries which depict a band with a fluted edge worn over a foundation cap which passes under the chin. The headdress is worn with or without the hair contained in a netted snood. 


Set includes:

-Barbette in a demi-coif shape, ivory linen 

-Fillet band with ruffled edge, ivory linen 

-2 handmade pins 

-Faux silk snood (black)


(1250-1400) Cap of St. Birgitta- White fabric caps are commonly seen on women in medieval art from the 13th to 15th centuries. There are extant examples residing in museums and private collections in Italy, France, The Low Countries and Scandinavia. An original cap dating between the 13th and 16th centuries is in the posession of the Birgittine Convent in Uden, The Netherlands. This cap is believed to have been Saint Birgitta's of Sweden and is kept as a relic. The cap may be worn by itself or as a foundation for a veil, hood or other headdress.


All garments are made of high quality linen, expertly cut and professionally sewn for a polished look and long life.  All are based on extant garments and/or period artwork and have no visible machine stitching.


Save 10% over the single item price when purchasing this package.


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  • Model: BSD-L-EG1L
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 05 June, 2012.