13th Century Sleeveless Surcote

13th Century Sleeveless Surcote


Madder dyed sleeveless surcote worn over a green tweed woollen tunic with buttoned sleeves. All visible seams are handsewn.


13th Century Sleeveless Surcote

Image from the Codex Manesse.

Patterns used

The pattern I used for the surcote can be I found in The Medieval Tailor's Assistant written by Sarah Thursfield on page 124.

More information

This sleeveless overdress is also know as a cyclas or sukenie.
An alternative and maybe more authentic pattern for the surcote is the pattern for St. Birgitta's Gown (c1330s) which can be found on the website Some Clothing of the Middle Ages.

Costume made in 2006.