Completed gambeson! I’m so proud of this! But it’s going to be under my chain mail so people will only really see a bit of the sleeves. ;A;
It’s fabric with batting between the pieces to act as the padding. A tutorial I was following said to bond the batting to the fabric with that fusing web stuff, but I found that made it too flat and didn’t look good. So I just made sure to sew around the batting to make sure it would stay in place. Some parts of it look a little scrappy, but I’m hoping that’ll just make it seem like it’s seen a few battles as I’m a knight and all.
The red ties doing it up are based on this screencap (though I made them too short to be exactly like that pic. I was using leftover fabric to make sure it would match and didn’t have that much):
I’ve found a few more pics of gambesons with similar fastenings. But you wouldn’t really look to Merlin for historical accuracy anyway, so I think I can get away with it.
Though I think this reference pic is a different undershirt to what Lancelot usually wears under his chain mail. In all the other pics I gathered, it doesn’t seem to have that brown material lining the inside. (yes, I spent a good half hour or so rigorously studying pictures of Lancelot’s neck collar).

Completed gambeson! I’m so proud of this! But it’s going to be under my chain mail so people will only really see a bit of the sleeves. ;A;

It’s fabric with batting between the pieces to act as the padding. A tutorial I was following said to bond the batting to the fabric with that fusing web stuff, but I found that made it too flat and didn’t look good. So I just made sure to sew around the batting to make sure it would stay in place. Some parts of it look a little scrappy, but I’m hoping that’ll just make it seem like it’s seen a few battles as I’m a knight and all.

The red ties doing it up are based on this screencap (though I made them too short to be exactly like that pic. I was using leftover fabric to make sure it would match and didn’t have that much):

I’ve found a few more pics of gambesons with similar fastenings. But you wouldn’t really look to Merlin for historical accuracy anyway, so I think I can get away with it.

Though I think this reference pic is a different undershirt to what Lancelot usually wears under his chain mail. In all the other pics I gathered, it doesn’t seem to have that brown material lining the inside. (yes, I spent a good half hour or so rigorously studying pictures of Lancelot’s neck collar).