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Welcome to “First Adventure”, a collection of children’s clothes with a medieval twist! As parents ourselves, we know how much fun medieval events can be for children, so we decided to create a line of clothing that applied the same level of detail and high-quality fabrics that we have in our adult collections. The result is a newly designed, freshly patterned collection of children’s clothes that will fit your growing youngster well and keep them comfortable as they embark on their journey into the medieval world.
This set includes two garments: an undertunic base layer and over tunic. Both of these items have no absolutely specific historical inspiration and have been designed to be general pieces that can be versatile across time periods. We aimed to make something “generically medieval” that will suit you well at any event and help your child blend in. Both items are a relaxed fit and allow lots of room for activity so from dancing to slaying dragons, we’ve tried our best to make sure they have room to move. The main places we have left room is under the arms and at the front and back. This includes gussets under the arms to add more fabric, and a split at the front and back to make room for lunging and running (and riding a horse!).
The undertunic goes to just above the knee and has a tie at the neck to make it easy to take on and off. The sleeves are loose at the underarm and taper down to the wrist, though they shouldn’t be fitted or tight at any point. The tunic is a similar length but instead of a tie at the neck, it simply has a roomy v-neck that is wide enough to accommodate your head without a closure. The sleeves are slightly shorter, hanging to just above the elbow and split at the shoulder, which gives them the appearance of t-shirt sleeves with a bit of extra embellishment. The sleeves, neckline, and bottom of the tunic are finished with a contrasting binding, which can also just be the same color as the tunic. This is a great opportunity to make the whole family coordinated, and potentially even match your heraldic colors!
Both garments are made from 100% flax linen, though the undertunic has a slightly finer weave - the same that we use on all of our adult undergarments. Linen is a natural fiber made from flax plants that has a wonderful texture and feels lovely next to your skin. Though it starts a little bit stiff, with body heat and washing it becomes incredibly soft and drapes beautifully. This fabric is also nice and breathable, making it great for warmer weather events. Just as we’ve used high-quality textiles, we’ve also used fine tailoring techniques for all of our finishing. This means that where possible, overlocking is hidden and seams are sewn flat. These garments are both built to last and will hopefully become hand me downs for younger siblings or friends when your child grows out of it!
When putting medieval clothing on your modern child, we always advise having a conversation with them beforehand about how it’s going to feel different. They should expect medieval clothing to feel a tiny bit more constricting at first since the fabric is much less stretchy and doesn’t include any zippers to assist them in going in and out of it. It’s completely normal for your child to at first feel a little bit uncomfortable before relaxing into the feel of the new clothing. We also recommend a slightly different strategy for getting into medieval tunics: first, put your arms into the sleeves, then “dive” for the neck hole with your head. If you attempt to put on this tunic like a modern garment (head first, then sleeves), there is a chance you will get stuck because the linen will not stretch!
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