You will need 4 metres of felted wool, 4 metres
of thick woollen padding, 4 metres of linen and two wide arm-length
strips of leather.
Making the arming doublet is similar to making
a normal doublet with the exception of an additional woollen padded
lining between the layers of outer wool and linen.
Firstly cut out your fabric to the wearer's
shape, and stitch the thick wool padding to the outer panels.
Stitch the back panels together at the centre
and attach the front panels at the shoulder. Fold over and stitch
from the arm socket to the base.
Stitch the outer edges of the arms, and then
turn so that the seam is to the back. Turn over and stitch the
leather to the outer arm. Attach to the doublet body. Add
shoulder padding if required.
Make the collar and attach to the doublet.
Line the garment with linen and hem at collar,
front gaps, the base and the cuffs.
Add point holes at even intervals to the base
and also through the leather section (to match with those of your
armour harness - starting at the top of the shoulder and working
Making an arming doublet
© WW Forsythe, 2009
Additional notes: Mail 'voiders' can be stitched onto vulnerable areas
such as the armpits to provide an extra degree of protection.
Strong, thick arming points of leather or heavily waxed linen should be
used to attach armour. The point holes themselves will generally be
positioned on the leather at the top of the shoulder, above the
elbow and at the wrist - though this is dependent on the type of harness
used. You can always add additional point holes as needed.