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Topic: SCA Heavy fighters gambeson fabric?  (Read 1924 times)
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BeowulfsBride
« on: January 29, 2012 03:18:49 PM »

So my hubby and I were in the Sca when we met, but have been away from it for quite a while, about 5 years now. He's looking to get back into the "heavy" armored combat again, but his Gambeson(the Padded/quilted under shirt ) was lost to flooding a few months back. I'd like to make him another one, but I'm not sure where to find fabric for it. A lot of fighters use moving blankets, or some thing dense but kinda thin like that.

Any Suggestions?
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BeowulfsBride
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012 03:21:18 PM »

sorry I didn't notice I was posting in completed projects, mods feel free to move as necessary
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Mrs Shak
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012 03:33:55 PM »

Hi, I helped a friend of mine pick out fabric for his. He put it all together but is color blind so he needed someone he could trust pick out colors, etc. Smiley

I know he wanted mid-weight linen for the lining and heavy-weight or canvas-weight linen for the outside and cotton batting (he bought it to fit a queen size bed). Linen was chosen due to being absorbant and it's a good heat conductor to keep him cool.
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Funny, I don't remember being absentminded...

I need a skein (two would be great) of Knit Picks Gloss Bare sock weight to finish a shawl.

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BeowulfsBride
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2012 03:51:36 AM »

so he used regular cotton quilt batting? hmmm, I thought that would be too thin, but maybe if I doubled it?
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Mrs Shak
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2012 04:59:14 AM »

I did a little research and found that most people are using just cotton batting for ease of movement but it does not protect from direct blows. I read that some use 3/4" batting which helps blows but is extremely hot and restricts movement. I think it depends on how much armor will be used on top, if just chainmail, I would double it but if he's going to be using full armor, one layer should be fine.

Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in and give you detailed advice.
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Funny, I don't remember being absentminded...

I need a skein (two would be great) of Knit Picks Gloss Bare sock weight to finish a shawl.

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BeowulfsBride
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012 03:54:00 AM »

he uses full armor, not just chainmail. his last one was really thick, which restricted his movement slightly. I think I'm going to have to take him with me, show him the thickness of the batting, and let him pick.
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Alexus1325
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012 10:10:05 AM »

What about hand-quilting several layers of fulled wool? I think it's also called boiled wool. It's pretty dense, kinda like felt, and wool has the advantage of not absorbing your sweat, but rather allowing it to go right on through (unlike cotton batting). I should think that the coiled fibres would allow a degree of springiness that would help to ease the impact of SCA weapons.
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BeowulfsBride
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2012 04:37:27 AM »

it might, but where would I find it?
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Alexus1325
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012 06:19:08 PM »

I actually bought 5 metres at Fabricland! It was with the suiting in the clearance section. Pretty sure the label called it "fulled wool." I bought it to make a big floor-length cloak for a Hallowe'en costume (northern Ontario gets COLD in October!) and it worked great, though it did shed some fibre.

Hancock's, Joanne's, local fabric retailers, just hunt around and find 100% pure wool on a bolt that looks like thin felt and that'll probably be the right stuff Cheesy
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