Medieval Cotte Digital Pattern

Medieval Cotte Digital Pattern

$28.95

    • THE IS THE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FORMAT, go here for Printed Pattern book
    • 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
    • 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 Cotte
    • 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 7-10 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
Pattern Format

Digital Pattern(no shipping), Pattern Book(incl shipping)

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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: Sizing on our 14th century cotte is judged by chest size because it is meant to fit loosely in the waist and to be worn with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos). The length given is that of the cotte unbelted.

Size Max. Chest Measurement
Small 36″ / 91 cm
Medium 40″ / 102 cm
Large 46″ / 117 cm
XLarge 52″ / 132 cm
XXL 58″ / 157 cm

In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form. Beginning mid-century, the man’s cotte made a particularly radical departure from earlier fashions. The new garment was shorter (mid-thigh to knee length) than the old surcotte or tunic, with a more fitted body and, for the first time, a full length, buttoned front closure. This new garment became popular with noble and townsman alike, remaining fashionable well into the 15th century, while also giving rise to the more extreme cotehardie.

Our cotte is based on contemporary artwork from a variety of sources. We have retained all of the classic elements of the historical design: long, full sleeves that taper at the wrists, a body that flares at the hips, and cast pewter buttons based on a contemporary pattern and arranged in a uniquely medieval placement. As was done in the 14th century, this cotte can be worn alone over a linen shirt, or beneath a houpelande. Revival cottes are available in both linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe – and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

Drawing after a detail of a late 14th century illumination Walter de Hamuntesham Attacked by a Mob

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

Drawing after an early 15th century Stained Glass Rondell in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Drawing after Maneville’s Travels circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England

Drawing after The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France

Drawing after Maneville’s Travels circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England

Drawing after an Italian illuminated manuscript Add. MS. 15277 circa 1400 in the British Museum, London, England

Drawing after a detail of the Bedford Hours circa 1423 in the British Museum, London, England

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