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, "neasews" <neasews@...> wrote:
> Ok,so just getting started here and kinda confused at the "layers" required. Looking at making a german peroid gown, late 15th early 16th century, and here is my question: I am needing to know what type of different layers i am needing, starting from the skin up. This is what i am thinking I need: A basic slip type chemise, with no sleeves, to wear next to the skin and is ankle length.
The jury is out on this one. Most people just wear a chemise with sleeves.
>Then a long sleeve chemise, with full sleeves, to show through my >sleeves.
Yes, see above.
>Over that a bodice that laces down the front with tied on sleeves
>(so the Chemise shows through the lacings).
Close enough. Though depending on social class, bodice could be closed with hook and eyes or have a flap that pins over to hide the lacing.
>and a skirt, which laces up the back.
I don't think skirts were usally laced. Hook and eyes at the waistband and a bit of an overlap usually work.
>Am I missing anything here? or am i needing something else.
In this time period, they would sometimes double up on bodices, using a sturdier plainer bodice underneath, sort of like a corset. Or sometimes an entire dress (perhaps sleeveless) underneath, sometimes called a kirtle. the kirtle could sometimes be specially fitted to provide bust support, allowing the overdress to be made from expensive but more fragile fabric.
> Another couple of questions: Do the bodice and skirt need to be >attached (like a dress) or seperate pieces?
Either way. May vary slightly with region.
> I have some hand crocheted lace trim, would that be appropriate >for around the hem, neck and sleeve edges of the chemise or not.
Generally, the hem is not trimmed. Crochet is not really authentic for SCA period, bt if it's very light and delicate, it can sort of pass.
>Do both the chemise and under Chemise (slip) need to be made of >linen or will a muslin (cream color) work?
Linen is more authentic, and if it's hot out, will be more authetic. Bt if you need to use muslin to fir in you budget, that is well within accepted practice for the SCA. White or cream or natural would all work, though white is the more appropriate choice for high-status and cream would be lower class.