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The sideless surcoat, also known as a pellote, became popular in the 12th Century and was in style for the about the next 200 years. By the 15th century, it is only depicted on brides, queens, princess-saints, and funeral brasses; it seems to have evolved into more of a ceremonial garment during that time, and less for regular wear. No other clothing item spans a longer period, with the first pictures showing up in manuscripts of the late 1200s – The Cantigas of Santa Maria and the Book of Games of Alfonso X in Spain and 1300-1300, Manesse Codex of Germany all the way to the tomb of Elizabeth Plantagenet in 1503.

Also reference, the pellotes of Leonara of Aragon, 1244—Spain; Luttrell Psalter, C1320-1340 shows the sideless surcoat in England, the Giotto frescos in Italy and the Manesse Codex in Germany. The Romance of Alexander, c 1340 Alexander li Tors, Flanders (Belgium, France and the Netherlands),

In the 14th C women’s surcoats had a very long and wide skirt. I have created a surcoat that is reminiscent of that time. With a 160” circumference hemline, this garment will flatter many figures. If you are 5’4” to 5”6”, this dress will reach the floor I am 5’5”). If you are taller, your tunic will show at the bottom, which is period. I have a 48” bust and 40” waist. The hip measurement goes up to 56”. All in all, a very versatile dress that is easy to throw on over almost any tunic.

The fabric on this one is woven cotton, nice medium weight, good movement. I didn’t line it, because it doesn’t need it (you’ll have on a tunic) and that would just make it heavier. It does NOT come with the tunic—I figure everyone either has one of those or can get one in the color, style, fabric of their choice. The fabric is two colors, a rich orange gold on a deep brick red.

SCA Sideless Surcoat Plus Size Medieval Renaissance Overdress


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Woven, Jacquard, Cotton
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