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