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Designed to go with our Dark Star collection of female armor, this gambeson has been tailored to fit the female body. This project has been in our design studio a long time, and we are pleased to finally launch this amazing piece of under armor! It is similar in design to our Kingmaker Two-Piece Gambeson but has different patterning to ensure it will hug your body in the right places and not add bulk around your waist like most unisex gambesons do. As with most of our designs, we have endeavored to create something that is both beautiful and functional, as we feel that vital pieces of armor don’t have to be ugly or hidden!
Regarding historical design, similar garments from the XIV-XV century have inspired this gambeson. It is short (compared to earlier period gambesons), close-fitting, and includes a stand-up collar. It has two pieces to it – the crop-top under part, which includes padded sleeves and shoulders, and the vest over-part. The crop top is unpadded on the chest and includes darts to ensure it will fit across your bust. It is laced up the middle, which will sit flat underneath any other garment. The vest is expertly tailored to ensure the best fit possible. It includes gores across the bust, a tapered waist, 4cm of overlap at the buckles in the middle and a flared out shape from the waist to ensure a great fit around your hips.
Though both of these pieces can be worn separately and have their own advantages, they really show their merit when worn together. Separate arms and body mean that you have more freedom of movement in your arms, which make it perfect for swinging a sword. Inspired by requirements for HEMA, we have worked to make this the best gambeson possible to move and fight in. You end up with double padding at your shoulders (from both pieces), so if you are wearing a breastplate there is a little bit of extra cushioning.
This piece has been thoroughly designed, with a great amount of thought put into every single aspect. It is made from 100% flax linen outer, with natural batting, meaning it is breathable and comfortable. It includes contrasting borders to add a pop of color, and the quilting on the gambeson is designed to flatter your curves. The buckles are cast brass and the straps are made from quality leather and are attached with robust stitching to ensure they will hold up under your armor. The gambeson come with arming points at the shoulders and is ready for battle, so jump on in!
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Hi, I'm very keen on getting this gambeson in size 6. I've measured myself and the gambeson should fit properly around all my body parts. My one concern is that the gambeson's arm and length will be too short, as I am a very tall person. I just measured my arm length, and it is about 60~61cm to my wrist from the shoulder, and about 67cm from my shoulder to my hips (I don't know how long the gambeson is). Would the size 6 still fit me? Or would I need to order a custom size for it to fit properly?
Hi Dawn, please send us your full height so we could confirm the gambeson will fit you nicely.
Hi, I noticed even in custom size the measurements were still a standard size. I was wondering if alterations could be made to the size of the biceps as I often find them too small on womens attire, or if I would have better luck getting a completely custom size from a different men's gambeson like the Medieval Under Armor Padding? Thanks!
Hello, yes we can make Medieval Under Armor Padding for a woman in custom size. Please send us your measurements for the Dark Star gambeson so we could tell if it can be made in custom size for you.
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I also went with the linen, to ensure that it wouldn't be too hot. Ordered it in a burgundy with black edges, size 0. I am a 38-ish EUR normally. It's LOVELY! Fits like a glove and isn't too hard to move around in. I use it as a free-standing armor for viking reenactment, and it does it's job well, even though the padding are somewhat thin, as to be expected when it's supposed to be under a plate. Thinking to enforce it by the weaker points, as collarbones and shoulders, but we'll see. For now it is enough.
I went with the linen fabric, concerned that wool might be too hot or bulky and cotton too thin or not sturdy enough. And while the color choice pictured with the model (black main with gold contrast) is a good and somewhat obvious choice for armor that is blackened and accented by brass rivets, I saw more "bluing" in the Dark Star armor and thought a midnight blue main color with natural linen contrast might be a good alternative. The natural linen color is a light gray tending to silver. I have attached photos of the gambeson taken in natural light for those of you who wonder what the colors will actually look like (in sunlight and in shade). The idea to have this garment as two pieces is a great one. I often have trouble getting tops in non-stretchy fabrics to fit well in the shoulders, without constricting movement, and yet not be huge in the midsection. If it fits my shoulders, it's typically too large everywhere else. This two-piece solution works great. Additionally, the lace-up closure for the underpart (sleeves) combined with the buckles for the surcoat enable the gambeson's fit to be a bit more customized. Despite being padding meant to protect us from blunt force injuries, it does not restrict arm and shoulder movement appreciably! One-piece gambesons definitely feel restrictive unless you're practically swimming in them. As an aside, the secondary color was included at the main part of the underpart (the bodice?) so if any of you are considering custom color combinations, be aware of that in case you want to request a change. Personally I didn't mind what the crafters did; it's a good contrast with the sleeves and looks nice, if I ever happen to wear the underpart without what I'll call the surcoat portion. The pattern of the quilting contours lends a nice design touch to the garment, and the buckle closures are well-attached. Photos of the arming points at the shoulders are included. Overall, this is a great product and it may be easy to balk at the price, but for a well-designed and constructed functional protective garment, I'd say don't skimp. Get something that does the intended job and yes, looks good while doing it.
I'll start out by saying that I love the quality of this-- the fabric is great and well-constructed, as are the buckles. I ordered the blue flax and was afraid it might be a little too bright, but it's actually a really pleasant strong blue. My only issue was the fixed sizing. I went with a size 4 based on my waist and biceps, even though my chest isn't as large, and as a result...the hips fit well but the chest was large! That said, tailoring to fit was really easy, mostly because of the smart way this garment was constructed. (The first pic attached shows one side before tailoring and one after-- basically, this gambeson flares out more at the waist than my body does.) The sleeves fit well under the vest and the nipped in back gives a very smart look from all angles.
I love the products come with a linen bag. Fit's nicely with room to grow. I love the range of motion of full shoulder rotation without material bunching. ^-^ This Gambeson is for the win!