The doublet was worn in Europe between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries and it changed from being an undergarment to outer garment and from specialized military dress to fashionable civilian dress. The doublet's function as standard everyday attire was primarily to support men's hose, while providing warmth and shaping a man's upper torso. It was used to display appropriate decorative and stylistic features through each period, such as padding, paning (panes or narrow strips of fabric sewn over a contrasting lining), and slashing.
Doublets became increasingly shorter through the second half of the fourteenth century, barely covering the hips, and many had full-length sleeves, ending below the wrist and tightly fitted with a row of buttons from elbow to wrist.
The narrow, two-part sleeves were seamed at the elbow and set into wide, round-shaped armholes for full arm movement. Low, rounded necklines had short standing collars.
In the sixteenth century, the doublet was a major men's garment covering the upper torso from neck to waist. It was tightly fitted with low necklines and wide sleeves, and was constructed with panes or slashing of heavy velvet or satin fabrics.
Our doublet comes in two versions, a sleeveless version and a version with long sleeves created with panes and a fitted lower sleeve closed with a row of buttons.
This PDF sewing pattern includes photographic sewing instructions to make the doublet and all pattern components come in two sizes:
~ Sized to fit 18 inch larger dolls such as American Girl® and
~ Sized to fit the 18" slim Carpatina or Kidz N Cats® Dolls
Recommended Fabrics: Fine wool, cotton, linen, velvet, brocade, embroidered or beaded decorative trims.
- 1/2 yard main fabric
- 1/4 yard lining fabric
- 1 yard trims
- 12 buttons for closure for Version A
- 3 clasps closure for version B
- Matching thread
Skill Level: Intermediate
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