Gambeson Patterns (was RE: [Northkeep] last night's smack down)

Robert Stewart skerritheviking at
Thu May 29 14:13:32 PDT 2003

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I have a industrial grade sewing machine that can handle that many layers, but I don't imagine that helps right off the bat?

"Horn, Trisha D." <tdhorn at> wrote:
So could you do a combination of both: muslin lining, 2 cloth layers,
batting, 2 cloth layers, more batting and outer lining? It would probably
have to be hand stiched, at that thickness, though.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marc Carlson [SMTP:marccarlson20 at]
> Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 15:55
> To: northkeep at
> Subject: Re: Re: Gambeson Patterns (was RE: [Northkeep] last night's
> smack down)
> >From: "Peachy Keen Barbara Jean"

> >You could also use several layers of batting and
> >quilt it between the fabric rather than rolling
> >it up and stuffing it. ;)
> Absolutely - although the layers of cloth thing is how it's been described
> in the period literature (if memory serves).
> The theory is that the problem with the stuffing the tubes has to do with
> the protection against a bladed opponent, since if the blade hits that
> tube,
> it will glance to the side - right to where you only have two cloth layers
> held together by thread. Layering the cloth means that when you deflect
> the
> bade between the tubes, it's still hitting the same number of layers of
> cloth.
> Marc/Diarmaid
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