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Posted on Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:12 pm
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Hey, I'm new here but I made my own shirt last year and I'm perfecting it now. What I want to know is if there's any way to make a shirt with a higher neckline since mine is fairly low because it has to fit over my head (any way other than making it lower in the back, of course). I know that a lot of the time people would wear a separate piece of armor to cover the neck, often as part of a coif. Is there any way to incorporate this into the shirt and still, you know, fit my head through the neckhole? Thanks, guys!

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Posted on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:38 am
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I know Dr. T did a rather nice collar using quick release clasps

http://www.mailleartisans.org/gallery/gallerydisplay.php?key=4190

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Posted on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:55 am
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I have yet to make my first shirt, but wonder if you might be able to make the neck-hole wider to fit your head through?

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Posted on Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:20 am
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You could do a slit down either the front or back, laced up with a leather strip.



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Posted on Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:20 pm
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Okay that shirt is glorious. What exactly are quick-release clasps I'd like to know, and how on earth did he do the sleeves? I haven't been able to figure out tapering sleeves since I started last year. They always end up just ugly and messy.

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Posted on Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:23 am
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Welcome and well come, Wooginator.

Try Sec. 3 here: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/trevor.barker/farisles/guilds/armour/mail.htm

Search this site: author Zlosk, keyword Contraction. He came up with a very tidy whole-row contraction using an array of graduated ring sizes, about four or five rings.

For your neckhole or a standing collar that fits up snug, a slit front and a thong tie works very well.


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