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  1. Hi! Ann here – your neighbor from DoK 🙂 I just read your under tunic piece, it is great! And wanted to let you know that the St Louis shirt is actually featured in “Clothing the past”, by Elisabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker and you should definitely try and borrow it. It has a lot interesting stuff in it. What surprised me the most, was that the St Luis tunic did not have triangular side gores – they are rectangular, and the close up of the amount of gathering is insane. I also want to hear more about the split in the under tunic – I have been studying the Morgan bible, and the over tunics there is clearly split (in the front, but not apparently not in the back), with the two gores sewn with selvage edges to the opening, giving the typical points hanging down, and did it as an experiment for my husband’s tunic last year. Otherwise I find splits only in higher status, or military men – in the Hospitaller order, the knights had splits front and back, since they were on horse back, but the sergeants had splits in the sides, being on foot. I would love to hear more about it, since I only have one source for that. I also have some earlier sources documenting different seam treatments. We should talk some more 🙂

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    1. Thanks for referring me to that source, I’ll check it out! There is certainly a variety of things going on with the skirts of tunics. I mostly see no split or front/back splits in my context, occasionally the side splits show up but mostly just on mail if memory serves. Of the two sets of woolens I aim to have, one will be split in the front and back with corresponding undertunics, and one will have a complete skirt with corresponding undertunics. The split is because of the riding that I do and martial nature of my portrayal, part time though it is. I didn’t touch on that subject here but will discuss it in the supertunic post.

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