54931Re: [Authentic_SCA] tudor gown - another question
- Dec 5, 2006At 4:54 PM +0000 12/5/06, Cate wrote:
>Does anyone know whether the gown bodice was attached to theI think the best answer is "sometimes." If I remember correctly, the
>overskirt? It looks like it to me in the pictures, but I'm not certain.
evidence seems to say that some bodice-skirt combinations were tied
together with laces (like shoelaces, sort of) while others were
actually sewn together. I would not be surprised to hear of
attachment by hooks and eyes, either.
For practical purposes, since the bodice should overlap and hide the
skirt waistband anyway, attaching the bodice to the waistband has
some real advantages. It prevents "dreaded gap-osis" where the
underlayers show between bodice and skirt when you stretch or raise
your arms. (They shouldn't show, except at neckline and cuffs --
shirts were UNDERWEAR <g>). This is a major plus if you don't want to
be worrying about your clothes while wearing them.
On the other hand, it's much easier to make each piece separately --
bodice in one piece, skirt with waistband, and sleeve pieces. It's
also easier to clean the whole thing if you can take it apart (and
believe me, I've done it), especially for women's clothes, since the
skirts have LOTS of yardage in them. My own gowns have usually had
the pieces made separately, then hand-sewed together with big
stitches and heavy thread -- it's easy then to take out the stitching
for washing, and re-do it later.
O (Lady) Christian de Holacombe , Shire of Windy Meads
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