Custom Sideless Surcoat
The Surcoat is a standard overdress that was worn from the 13th Century through the 15th century in various forms. The open-sided Surcoat that we offer is based on the 14th century version also known as the "Gates of Hell" for the large deep arm openings showing the underdress. Variants of this dress can be seen in the Lutrell Psalter of 1345.
These are available with or without trim, in linen, silk, wool, velvet, and brocades. Side gores on linen surcoats can be requested, for additional hem fullness. Surcoats in wool, silk, velvet and patterned brocades will be cut with a single side gore, and an additional side gore can be requested.
The black surcoat without trim in the pictures is in wool.
These were often worn with a thin belt (not included) that could be worn over, under, or half over and under.