Placement of fitchets
Fitchets are slits, or openings in seams, allowing the wearer to put his hands through to reach for a pouch hanging from his or her girdle. The presence of fitchets shows that the garment was a surcote, intended as an outer garment. The exception here seems to be H43, which was worn with a belt that covered the fitchets.
|Birgitta||Seam between front and side gore||?|
|H38||Front inset||17 cm|
|H42||Front inset||16 cm|
|H43||High in side seams||13 cm|
|H45||Seam between front and side gore||17 cm|
|H47||Seam between front and side||?|
Note: the fitchets in H43 may not be fitchets, but simply be a case of the seams splitting when the garment was forced over the body it covered.