The bag sleeve is a fun variant to the wide angel-wing or trumpet type houppelande sleeve, for both men and women. The problem is that there are some commercial patterns available for houppelandes that lead the newer costumer astray, by solving the bag sleeve issue as if it were some sort of two-dimensional kimono sleeve. Even though these patterns generate the "big dress" style of houppelande, rather than the very full circle plan, you can still get a very nice looking houppelande from them -- if you make your own sleeve.
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The author has developed a pattern of predominantly triangular shaped pattern pieces based on observations of many paintings and illuminations of the time period, along with interpretation of evidence presented in the book A History of Costume by Carl Kohler.
This pattern also incorporates funnel shaped sleeves with pleated shoulders and a convertible collar. It can be achieved through simple alterations of an existing princess line dress pattern.
Brief sketches of houpeland patterns
A very brief description of a basic layout of the easiest version of a houpelande
A page with many basic medieval patterns
PP 26 - Size: Multisized 8-18 Men's and Women's Houpelandes. Contains 6 Houpelandes for either sex with interchangeable necklines and sleeves.
CC 1404M - Size: Multisized 36-52" chest. 14th Century men's Houpelande. A style popularized by the Italians with long flowing dagged sleeves.
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