This made up rather quickly, even for my slow skills (no really, a normal seamstress could hand sew a garment in the amount of time I take to make one by machine). Between Sven and I, we went with the cross pattée over his heart(ish). The tricky thing with Templar research is that there were no firm rules early on, just suggestions of what warrior fighting for God should/would/could do to delineate themselves. I'm still looking for solid documentation on Templar clothing as this is most certainly not my area of expertise.
This surcoat is split up to the groin (front and back), for easy horsemanship, and slips over the head with no need for ties, connectors, etc. It is made from a lightweight wool gabardine, lined in white linen (all from the stash, and designed for comfortable wear in Utah's warmer months). The cross is red linen, machine appliqued into place with a tight zig zag stitch. I'd have preferred to applique it by hand, but the amount of time I had to complete the piece was tight as he wanted it for Southern Regional Collegium in April. It was done on time, but I didn't take pictures until now.
He accessorized with a belt made of rope, a paternoster, and a fuzzy beard.
He seems to enjoy it. And really, that's what it's all about. I had to post this picture because who doesn't love anachronistic disco?