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The Charles de Blois pourpoint: cut to pieces by a determined tailor

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Description The silk fabric of the pourpoint of Charles de Blois was cut into an intimidati ng 26 pieces before assembly. Upon considerat ion, its tailoring is not 26 pieces-wor th of complicate d, however, because many of those original pieces could have been combined — with no change to the shaping of the garment — had the fabric been wider. To be exact, the pieces of the garment could have been reduced to 18 with no change to its shape at all. I believe the overly-pie ced cut is proof that the fabric was both narrow and scant in length. To this date, a detailed analysis explaining why the extra piecing was placed where it was has not been published. This article shows how the original pieces fit neatly into a layout on narrow, folded fabric while also revealing the original fabric's width, which I extrapolat ed using the armhole measuremen t and a basic understand ing of tailoring.
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