Backlaced Gown Pattern Book & Digital Download

Backlaced Gown Pattern Book & Digital Download

$38.95

    • THE IS THE PRINTED FORMAT, with the option to add-on the digital format at 50% discount when purchasing printed book 
    • Go here to purchase the Digital Pattern download by itself
    • All Revival Clothing Patterns, both digital and print book formats, are FINAL SALE and not eligible for exchange or refunds
    • Please note: the instructions are minimal, and only meant as a basic guide. They are written with the intent that the user understands patterns and clothing construction terminology and techniques.
    • Our patterns are intended for intermediate and advanced sewers
    • Please read ‘please consider’ below before purchasing, for complete details on the product
    • Backlaced closure allows for near custom fit with lacing
    • Pattern includes all five sizes to accommodate most body types
    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • No time to sew? To purchase the finished product go here:  Linen Backlaced Gown.
    • For the digital version:
    • Downloadable digital pattern you can print at home – not a physical product
    • You will need access to Adobe Acrobat Reader version X or later in order to open the file and a printer.
    • After you purchase the pattern, you will receive an confirmation email with a link to download an encrypted .PDF, that includes instructions and the pattern itself. The file may only be downloaded once.
    • Please make sure we have the correct email with your order and we are on your spam whitelist – we cannot resend the email as it contains a unique link for you to use.
    • Within a business day(M-F) we will send you a confirmation email with the passwords to open the document.
    • For the printed version:
    • This comes in the form of a spiral bound book that ships directly from the printer. Please allow 10-14 days for the item to ship.
    • Pattern books are not eligible for expedited or overnight shipping.
    • All Revival Clothing Patterns, both digital and print book formats, are FINAL SALE and not eligible for exchange or refunds

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A few things to consider before you purchase one of our patterns

***All Revival Clothing Patterns, both digital and print book formats, are FINAL SALE and not eligible for exchange or refunds***

Please note: our patterns are adapted from our original, industrial grade production patterns so they contain only the minimal markings used by professional production sewers and are intended for intermediate and advanced sewers. The instructions are a basic guide and written with the intent that the user understands patterns and clothing construction terminology and techniques. That said, we have used these patterns for many years in actual production, so they are vetted in terms of sizing and accuracy.

For the Printed Version:

This comes in the form of a spiral bound book with instructions followed by the pattern pages. To use, you cut out the pattern pages and tape them together for a full size pattern. For the sized patterns, all sizes are nested together. If you want use more than one size, you will need to trace the individual size onto semi transparent paper, like tracing paper, and use that to cut out the fabric.

For the Digital Version:

You will need access to Adobe Acrobat Reader version X or later in order to open the file and a printer.

In addition, in order to make large format patterns available to the home sewer, the patterns have been converted to a ’tiled’ .pdf which means, you will print many individual 8.5″ x 11″ pages and tape them together to make the full sized pattern.

  • After you purchase the pattern, you will receive an confirmation email with a link to download an encrypted .PDF, that includes instructions and the pattern itself. Thefiles may only be downloaded once. Please make sure we have the correct email with your order and we are on your spam whitelist – we cannot resend the email as it contains a unique link for you to use.
  • Within a business day(M-F) we will send you a confirmation email with the password to open the document
  • All Revival Clothing Patterns, both digital and print book formats, are FINAL SALE and not eligible for exchange or refunds

A note about sharing – PLEASE DON’T SHARE THESE FILES, copy the pattern or use it to produce items for sale. We are a small company, hoping to share our experience and ideas with you, in order to help you make beautiful, authentic, well-fitting medieval clothing. This pattern is intended for personal use by a single customer and we have priced it accordingly. Abuse of the user agreement will negatively affect our ability to continue to provide this service. We have spent a couple decades researching and perfecting our patterns and we are trusting you to use them in the spirit they are intended. So please, honor our single user policy and help us continue to serve the greater re-enactment community.

Size Chart

Note: In our women’s clothes we’ve abandoned ‘standard’, modern sizing because it is far from standard, and tends to cause more confusion than provide accurate information. So, please judge your size by your chest and waist measurements. We do not give hip measurements because the gown flares dramatically at the hip and is so generously sized there that fit is not an issue at that point. A range of fit is given for each size because the lacings and placket in the back start at the top and extend to below the hip providing flexibility within each size as well as a near perfect fit to each individual within that size range. The gowns run long with a small train so that you can wear them in the authentic fashion of the period – trailing along the ground or hem it to your desired length.

Size Bust Measurement Waist Measurement
2 36- 40″ 28- 34″
3 40- 44″ 31- 39″
4 44- 50″ 36- 44″
5 50- 56″ 44-52″
6 56- 62″ 50- 56″

In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form. The basic woman’s gown of this era is elegant simplicity, naturally following the contours of the body, with a wide neckline – the height of 1300s daring! Our gown is based on contemporary artwork. We have retained all of the classic elements of the historical design: fitted sleeves extending down unto the hand, full skirts, and a wide, rounded neckline. The skirts run long with a small train so that you can wear them in the authentic fashion of the nobility – trailing along the ground – or you can hem it to your desired length. As was done in the 14th century, this gown can be worn alone, over an underdress or chemise or beneath a sideless surcoat or houpelande.

Since ladies are rarely depicted from behind in illuminations, the exact closure method for these gowns is unknown. We have chosen to use a simple, back-lacing method that was common in both earlier and later centuries. A range of fit is given for each size because the lacings and placket in the back start at the top and extend to below the hip, providing flexibility within each size as well a near perfect fit to each individual within that size range. The placket is designed so that, no matter how tight or how loose the dress is laced, you are always completely covered. Our standard lace is a natural color or you can get black for an additional charge.

Drawing after a detail of the Book of Hours for Franciscan Use circa late 14th century in The Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

Drawing after the Hours of Milan circa 1380

Drawing after the effigy of Lady Burton circa 1382 in The Little Casterton Church,Rutlandshire, England

Drawing after the Tacuinum Sanitatis

Drawing after The Viconti Hours circa 1390 in The National Library, Florence , Italy

Three views of our Linen Kirtle in Soft Gold

Our Linen Kirtle in purple worn as an overdress with a Turret Hat or Short Tailed Hood and Decorated Belt

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