Corrections Made to My Charles de Blois Pourpoint Pattern Book

The pattern book cover

Dear Readers! I’m full of posts this week, aren’t I? And this particular post is long overdue. I have finally corrected two large errors in my Charles de Blois pourpoint pattern book, available on The corrections are as follows: The page on which I explain the making of points had misinformation. I stated that […]

New tutorial lite: Drafting a grande assiette-style upper sleeve from measurements

Grande assiette geometry for drafting

Another workshop I held during my California trip was on the topic of fitting a grande assiette sleeve in the style of the Charles de Blois pourpoint. I did a quick demo on draping the upper sleeve directly on the body, followed by instructions for drafting the upper sleeve, gores and all, with measurements. I […]

Fourteenth Century Clothing Workshops in California

Fitting for 14th century Bust Support

On Saturday, April 13th, at Loyola Hall on the campus of Santa Clara University, I presented an afternoon of immersion into the tailoring of two famous French pourpoints dated to the fourteenth century: The Charles VI and the Charles de Blois. It is impossible to study fourteenth century clothing without paying at least some attention […]

The cotehardie that ate my brain!

Tasha and Greg before the Christmas tree

My sweetheart’s birthday is in early November. He gently suggested I might make him something historically-themed and  fine to wear. I thought this was a capital idea, given my experience and interests. I decided to make him a cotehardie in the style of Charles de Blois. I have my own pattern for easy fitting, after […]