T he Medieval Tailor’s Assistant is the standard work for both amateurs and professionals wishing to re-create the clothing of Medieval England for historical interpretation or drama. This new edition extends its range with details of fitting different figures and many more patterns for main garments and accessories from 1100 to 1480. It includes simple instructions for plain garments, as well as more complex patterns and adaptations for experienced sewers.


  • Advice on planning outfits and materials to use
  • Range of projects and alternative designs from undergarments to outer wear
  • Covers early and later tailoring methods within the period
  • Clear line drawings, pattern diagrams and layouts
  • Over 80 full-color photographs that show the garments as working outfits

There are clear line drawings, pattern diagrams and layouts and over 80 full-color photographs that show the garments as working outfits.

8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in.


Sarah Thursfield has been supplying clothing for re-enactment for many years. A professional craftsman and an amateur historian, she uses archaelolgiacal and historical sources to reconstruct clothing technology from prehistory onwards. She regularly lectures heritage professionals and re-enactors, and contributes to costume publications.

Amazon Reviews:

“What we’ve all been waiting for! This book covers everything you ever wanted to know about medieval clothing, from measurements, patterns and materials to methods of construction.  It has over 400 illustrations of medieval clothing, and 121 patterns for shirts and smocks, cotes, doublets, kirtles, hose, surcotes, cotehardies, gowns, overkirtles, cloaks, children’s clothing, headwear, and accessories. “

“This is one of the best books for creating patterns, choosing fabrics, editing a pattern for your personal size, as well as a great primer for what to wear that I have seen. This book really sets itself apart with the breadth of patterns it offers, suggestions on how to make your garments look period by even getting embroidery patterns for buttons, and other finishing stitches, and tells you how to make them look best on you. The book is easy to read, and the illustrations are clean, clear, and concise.”

“As a medievalist and costumer whose focus is early 14th century England and France, I found this to be a wonderful book and said to myself ‘finally!’ Many, many thanks to Sarah Thurfield for so wonderfully beginning to fill of a huge costuming void.”

“A tailor’s assistant that really assists!”

“The best book for medieval costuming.”

What we’ve all been waiting for!

Clean, clear, and concise

Best book for medieval costuming!

A tailor’s assistant that really assists!