I've been working on 12th century clothing for a couple of years now. The
neckline of a chemise was close around the neck, usually covering the
collarbone, a key-hole neckline with a broach to close it was pretty common
with either a larger key-hole, round or "V" neckline on the bliaut to show
off the fine white linen and all of your lovely embroidery or brocaded trim.
Also buttons appear to be very scarce and the wrist of a chemise wouldn't
have been buttoned - as a matter of fact you might even get sewn into your
chemise sleeves every time you wore it. I can recommend making the sleeves
long, but putting a small hidden bit of elastic in the wrist hem if you
really want to be able to wash dishes and such in your court gown.
Marguerite fitz William, JdL
Courtier to Their Excellencies, Hauk and Rosamund of Aquaterra
Motto: Et Hoc Quoque Transibit
Or, a natural panther stantant contourney sable, on a chief invected vert,
] On Behalf
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2010 8:09 AM
Subject: [SCA-Garb] chemise
I am about to make a new chemise to wear under more fitted garb- a
bliaut. Planning this I want to make the sleeves more fitted and put a
button at the cuff. I have read that the sleeves should be longer than
normal to show a wrinkled look - but I like to help in the kitchen at
feast and need to be able to roll up the sleeves.
What neckline do you suggest- my current chemise has a low round
neckline, no drawstring, just neatly edged.
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