|Size||Max. Chest Measurement||Max. Waist Measurement|
|Small||40″ / 101 cm||33″ / 84 cm|
|Medium||46″ / 117 cm||40″ / 101 cm|
|Large||50″ / 127 cm||45″ / 114 cm|
|XLarge||56″ / 143 cm||50″ / 127 cm|
Note: This chart is meant as a general reference – while the actual sizes are larger than regular sizes this is because we discovered during our market research that due to the thickness of our gambeson most people preferred a somewhat larger size than they would normally choose in the case of civilian clothing. Please note that if you are on the cusp between sizes that general fit preferences and size of your frame should determine which size you choose. For a looser fit and/or a heavier frame order the larger size. If you prefer a more tailored fit or are of slimmer build order the smaller size. This style is designed to be looser in the chest and more fitted in the waist and hips as were the historical models.
Our basic gambeson is based on a combination of 14th century sources, both extant garments and contemporary artwork. We’ve retained the most important aspects of the historical patterns, particularly the exaggerated armhole, also called ‘le grande assiette sleeve’, which permits complete freedom of arm movement. Made with an outer layer of heavy cotton this gambeson is the ‘budget’ version compared to our linen gambeson. Its arm pattern make it well suited for use with arm harness. Taking inspiration from period garment quilting designs, it is padded with cotton batting and has a medium weight cotton canvas lining for a combination of protection and breathability. We have added a collar for additional comfort. Handmade cloth buttons are used just like those used in period. We recommend dry cleaning this item in order to extend its life to a maximum. Machine washing and especailly drying will break down the fibers over time. If you do choose to wash your gambeson – only do so in cold water and hang to dry – never machine dry as that is the most destructive part of modern washing.
Read more about our arming clothes in the article The Evolution of Arming Clothes.
Drawing after a detail of the
“Martyrdom of Saint Catherine” in the Little
Church of Saint Francis, circa 1360
Drawing after the mid-14th C. jack
of Charles de Blois in the Musees de
Tissus in Lyon, France
Drawing after the Jupon of Charles VI
in the Musee des Beaux-Arts de
Chartes, late 14th century
Drawing after in the Catholicon circa 1348 in Liege University, Belgium
Drawing from a detail of the Weltchronik of Rudolf von Ems circa 1360 in Austria