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, "Shoshana" <shoshigana@...> wrote:>
> I have seen suggestions for making an Elizabethan loose gown (a la
> Janet Arnold), but am wondering what else is out there. What do you
> know that the ladies in the family way done? What portraits have
> seen? I've seen the one of the gal in the green houppelande, which
> could be feasible.
While not having researched it extensively, it seems that during most
of the SCA period, most women just wore regular clothing as long as
they could, loosening the lacing if it had lacing. Perhaps they
gained less weight becuase food was more expensive. And they
probably didn't do crunches after they had the baby to try and get
their pre-baby figure back, so there was probably not as much
difference between the two states.
If they got to the point they couldn't fit in their regular clothes
at all, I wouldn't be surprised if the wealthy and aristrocrats just
stayed home in their chemises, and poor people just had to make do.
But more pertinent to what are YOU going to wear, there are lots of
If you want to do an early period, just make a tunic that's really
big and roomy and flares out from the armpits. Remember to leave
extra length in front so the hem is not too short.
An Italian style cotte simple would work, since they start to flare
out from a very high waistline. You could wear that by itself or with
a houppelande over it.
A high-waisted Italian ren of the style with the high-waisted, soft,
fitted bodice and gathered on skirt looks very elegant. You can put
any style of cioppa over it which would aid in nursing discreetly.
If you have the time to make one (and if it's not considered anathema
in your locale) a very high-waisted cavalier gown would be quite