I’ve spent that last 2 days looking for pictorial evidence for the side-laced 15th century cotte. So far, I’ve found very little. The problem is that I have something specific in mind. I’m trying to find evidence to match what I see in my head rather than looking at what is really there and formulating the idea off the evidence. It’s neither the first time nor will it be the last time I’ve had this problem. Stubborn seamstress may have been a more appropriate title for my blog.
Then, of course, I have two other things working against me. One: I’m trying very hard to focus on the kids’ schoolwork (btw, I’m a homeschool mom as well). And two: I get distracted very easily (“Ooo, shiny! What was I looking for again?”).
Okay. Here’s what I have in mind:
- 15th century cote, or fitted dress
- Laced on the sides rather than the front or back
- Short sleeved
- Tippets optional
- Not lined
What I don’t want:
- Lined, and especially lined with a patterned cloth
- Floppy sleeves
- Bizarre neckline
- Overly baggy
Interesting things I’ve found so far:
In my search I’ve come across some interesting garb concepts.
Gathered lower-edge of chemise
Cotte lined with a wild pattern
Really cool Liripipe hood
I’m still searching, and I have no doubt that I will find evidence to match at least most of what I have in mind. It’s just a matter of time and patience.