22068Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Upper class casual
- Jun 22, 2002Greetings,
I think the ladies on the left hand side of the "Fete at Bermondsley"
image can give you some idea of country wear. Personally, from my
research - I don't think they would be that visually distinguishable
from lower ranks. Smock, (possibly some sort of skirt support),
petticoat with petticoat bodies, a kirtle, coif, and apron would be my
take on it. Either an older gown cut down (with the fancy gold &
jewels picked off) or out of plain stuff with simple guards. Don't
forget the reuse/recycle mindset.
Does that help?
--- In Authentic_SCA@y..., Kirrily Robert <skud@i...> wrote:
> Madinia asked:
> > Does anyone have any docs about what an upper class 16th c person
> > (lady) would wear casually. By casually, I mean in the country,
> > in public. Perhaps in the stillroom, or for other practical
> My guess (and it is a guess) is that she'd wear the same basic
> as usual -- smock, kirtle, gown, cap -- but in plainer fabrics and
> ornamented. Not unornamented, but not encrusted with jewels.
> without major shape-changing undergarments (farthingale etc) or with
> just corded petticoats or whatever... something that she can move
> in a bit more easily than usual. I'd guess good wool as the main
> fabric. I'd also guess at slightly sober colours, such as black,
> mulberry, tawney, gooseturd, dead spaniard, and all those other
> colour names, rather than the white and gold and suchlike that are
> common in court portraits. I'd expect spotless linen, however, and
> small to moderate ruffs, although perhaps no ruffs at the wrists if
> was actually at work in the stillroom... I can just imagine getting
> all gummed up with marchpane and quince paste and stained with
> The place to look would probably be inventories and wills,
> for gowns and kirtles that aren't described as being encrusted with
> ornamentation... Gwendoline, got any of that?
> I was trying to do some research into aprons, especially whether
> were worn by upper class adult women in 16th century England, and I
> should probably go digging that stuff out again.
> Lady Katherine Rowberd (mka Kirrily "Skud" Robert)
> katherine@i... http://infotrope.net/sca/
> Caldrithig, Skraeling Althing, Ealdormere
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