Saturday, July 11, 2009

Defender: The Gorget

The Defender helm and mask go well together, but they need a third piece to complete the ensemble: The gorget, which goes around the neck and protects the throat. When I went online to look at photos of historical gorgets, I came across several patterns.

So rather than drafting my own from scratch, I started with one of them and altered it. Pictured above is the paper pattern that I ended up approving.

After adding a decorative edge to match the helm, I cut and sewed together the leather pieces as seen above. The holes are to accommodate an applique piece which will get riveted on.

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