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Alb, Surplice, And Cotta Sewing Patterns

At Ecclesiastical Sewing, we offer quality and beautifully designed sewing patterns for church vestments. Our handmade Alb, Surplice, and Cotta sewing patterns are accurately crafted and easily used.

Our Alb pattern is a popular design that creates the traditional white robe worn by clergy during church services. It has a flowing, straight design that is easy to sew and fits comfortably over clothing. With our Alb pattern, you can create a functional and beautiful garment that will last for years with proper care.

Our customers also love our Surplice pattern. It is a liturgical vestment worn over the Alb and is often designed with lace or embroidery to add style and elegance. Our Surplice pattern features a simple yet lovely design that is easy to sew and customizable to fit your unique style.

For a more monastic look, our Monastic Choir Alb pattern is perfect for creating a comfortable and useful garment for choir members. It features a simple yet polished style that enhances the ambiance of any church service.

Lastly, our Cotta Sewing Pattern is a shorter version of the Surplice, often worn by altar servers or acolytes. It has a simple yet elegant design that is easy to sew and customizable to match your style.

If you’re looking for quality sewing patterns for church vestments, Ecclesiastical Sewing is the go-to destination. Our wide selection of Alb, Surplice, and Cotta patterns are easy to use, accurate, and sturdy. Choose Ecclesiastical Sewing for all your church vestment needs and improve your worship experience with our beautiful liturgical designs.

Linen Alb Sewing Pattern for Priests

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Traditional Linen Alb Priest Vestment Sewing Pattern

The Alb is worn over the cassock and amice.  It has the traditional narrow shoulder yokes, narrow band collar, front opening, sleeves that taper at the wrist, and a full skirt with side godet inserts. The Alb sewing pattern also has apparel details at the sleeve edge and hem. The Vintage Linen Alb Sewing pattern will require between 5.5 and 6.5 yards of 60″ wide fabric. The Alb could be made with the white Carlisle fabric as well for those who require to wear it.

Surplice Pattern

Carlisle Fabric in White for Roman Square Yoke Surplice Patterns

Ecclesiastical Sewing has introduced a fabric called Carlisle, named after a cathedral. It’s affordable, easy to care for, and versatile for making church vestments. It costs less than $25 per yard, is 60 inches wide, and made of 100% polyester. You can use it for various vestment patterns like the Roman Square Yoke Surplice. The Hunter Green Carlisle was used to make a beautiful chasuble with a tapestry orphrey band. It’s great for Albs and surplices, easy to wash, and practical for regular use.

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Part I: The Amice–Norris

The amice is the first garment to be put on by a priest. It is worn on the head, while he offers up prayers and intercessions, and then he continues to dress. After the alb is put on, the amice is pushed off his head and worn around his neck as a collar. The long cords of the amice are then tied around the alb under the arms, crossed around the back, and brought back to the front to be tied. All this being said, there are instances when the amice is kept upon the head for practical reasons: such as warmth during a processional or in a particularly drafty church.

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The Origins and History of the Alb

he Alb is a vestment that can trace its origin to six ancient garments: the Kolobus, the Tunica, the Colobim, the Tunica Talaris, the Subucula, and finally the Tunica Alba. These garments were common in Greek or Roman times, some garments being used by both cultures. They are not six manifestations of one garment, but rather six that are distinct enough to make note of the differences.

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