Making a Medieval Shirt
The first time I made one of these was actually a couple of years ago. I didn't come up the pattern myself. It is just a simple pattern for a shirt, which I thought captures the basic style of the medieval time period. It is completely made up of rectangles sewn together, so it is pretty simple.
The first step was to measure myself to get dimensions. Visit this link to figure out what all the measurements referenced in the template are: Here is my version with my measurements:
After I had the dimensions, I drew all the rectangles on the fabric using chalk, and then cut out the pieces. Yes, I did use bed sheets for my fabric.
After that, it was just a matter of sewing it up. I start by sewing the collar on the shirt. This is done by first sewing a gathering thread around the collar (wide stitches), and then scrunching it up until it fits the length of the collar. Then the collar is sewed over it. It isn't easy, but I am getting somewhat better at it. The neck slit is also hemmed at this point. Then I sew the gussets (the small squares under the armpits), to one side of the sleeves. The sleeves are then sewn to the torso section on either side.
After the sleeves are sewed on, I just had to sew up the long side seam on both sides of the shirt. It gets a little difficult once you get to the gussets area. I had to lift the foot on the sewing machine a couple of times in order to get the stitches going the right direction.
Sewing the cuffs is easily the most challenging part. The only reason it is so difficult is because the of all the folds the creases that have to stay put while you sew over them. I unfortunately don't own an iron, so getting the folds to stay put was really difficult. I really should invest in a clothes iron. The seam on the cuff never ends up being very even.
The bottom of the shirt is then hemmed, button holes are put on either side of the neck slit, and it's done!