Dirty Peasant Tabards
Knights in Somewhat
Sir Christopher & my Nephew,
Sir Reed, in “Elaborate” Tabards
I’ve used the same
that I use for
SHERTS & VESTS
for My Men!
To make a “Tabard,”
use only the
& Shert Back
Otherwise, READ ON, HERE!
How to Make a Tabard
The “TABARD” is the simplest of renaissance costume pieces for men and women, consisting simply of a long rectangle, with space for the head, that equally covers both the front and the back. It can be belted, or left hanging “free.” These “TABARD” directions can also be adapted to create a Lady’s “apron” or a child’s “shert.”
(Dawn doesn’t use Monty Python Pix! –
I threw this in.)
“Knight Templar” look,
a Tabard is the white thingy
Take the following measurements:
Across the chest, armpit to armpit: ____ +2" = “A” ____.
Height, shoulder to just below the knee: ____ +4" = “B” ____. (for Women)
-OR- to mid thigh: ____ +4" = “B” ____. (for Men)
twice as long as (B) and as wide as (A),
OR Twice as wide as (A) and as long as (B).
You've got to get the two rectangles out of it somehow.
If you are working with the one long piece,
Cut out the hole for your head and try the tabard on.
You can use fabric paints or appliqué
Wear the tabard over a tunic, with a belt.
In hot weather men or children can get away with just the belted tabard, kind of like a tank-top t-shirt.
Women should be careful of exposing themselves since there are no side seams.
If you want to sew up the side seams instead of leaving them open, be sure the width of the tabard allows you to pull it on over your head, and that it doesn't become too narrow to sit down in.
wore a regular
beneath his Red Tabard.
with decorating the tabards
I made for
Sir Erik and Sir Reed.
I also made
The Sirs also wore
regular shorts and shoes.
They STILL garnered
all sorts of Attention!
Sir Reed, The Gold
(like Sir Erik)
wore a regular T-shirt,
shorts & shoes.
I made them
(the Forearm Covers)
We were approached by
MANY a Parent,
asking, “Where can I get
these Costumes for MY Kid?”
Open-Sided Tabards, worn
without an under-shert –
but, Safety-Pinned closed.
the fabric tends to shift
causing the Tabard to become
more-open as the day progresses!
THAT is why, in 1998, I
Consider using my Sherts/Vests Directions
(and the Simplicity 8749 pattern – or a similar one)
to make “Tabards” that are CLOSED on the sides.
All you need is pattern pieces #1 & 2 (Shert Front & Back).
Tabards are usually AS-LONG or LONGER than Sherts.
Decide on the length you want before you do any cutting.
Follow the directions for Shert-cutting, INCLUDING the direction that:
Piece #2 for SHERT/TABARD front is NOT a “Cut Two pieces” gig (as the pattern instructions direct)! Instead, place Piece #2’s center-front ON FOLD of fabric.
HOWEVER!: Do NOT cut the front piece until after you have FOLDED FRONT EDGES of the NECK area over, in a straight angle from the shoulder, as I instructed for the “Vest” pattern.
After cutting, follow the same sewing directions as for the SHERT, just don’t put any SLEEVES in.
(Hem those open edges.)
BAM! There’s your closed-sided, truly Fyne, TABARD!
WASH THE GARMENT before wearing it!
Iron only lightly, if needed.