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, "balanttina" <balanttina@...>
> I represent the second half of 15C 'slovenia' (middle eastern
> but am going to an 1531 event. not that costumes here are perfect,
> I was wondering if there is a quick and easy way to transform my
> costume into sth looking as 16C (without changing it much) or can
> represent working women in that period too?
> I have white linen chemise with narrow sleeves, beige linen kirtle
> without sleeves and with side lacing and dark green wool gown with
> long sleeves and with front lacing. for headdress I have a
> a rectangle and a band, all white linen. I am currently wearing
> leather shoes but they are not period so I have no options there.
> thank you for your ideas!
> lp, celestina
Celestina, you don't say whether this 1531 event is SCA, or other re-
enactment, which can make a difference.
The other point which might make a significant difference would be,
are you meaning working, in a city or town, where fashions might be
more current, even allowing for "trickle down" effect, or are you
talking about "working" clothing out in the countryside, on a farm,
for instance, or that of "workmen/women" on someone's large estate?
If this clothing or costume is for an SCA event, I wouldn't worry
*too* much. A kirtle over a simple, plain smock or chemise would be
fine; front lacing is almost a necessity if a woman's relying on
herself to serve as her own maid.
If you're not *doing* work, and are wearing the kirtle without the
gown, chances are you'd add sleeves to your kirtle. You said yours
is sleeveless; I'm unsure whether you mean having very short sleeves
(no longer than the top of the bicep of the arm), or no sleeves at
all. If you have the short sleeves, which are seen in some of the
Books of Hours and in paintings, you'd just pin on the separate
sleeve, which essentially begins where the integral sleeve ends. If
you have no sleeve at all, then you'd make a longer sleeve, long
enough to cover your arm and forearm, and it would be sewn to the
kirtle every time you wore the kirtle.
Often these separate sleeves are a different color, or a different
From the description, I'm not getting a mental picture of your
headdress, but again, if you're talking about working class clothing,
probably the worst that could happen would be that your headdress
would be a tad old-fashion compared to your kirtle or gown.
Shoes are one of the hardest things for most re-enactors to get
right. There are options out there, though, if you don't want to
make your own.
I don't know, of course, where you're located, but hopefully
something here will be of use to you.
There's this "juried list:"
And, although some of this is repetition and is arranged in no
From what you've written (and assuming this is an SCA event you're
going to be attending), I'd say you'll be fine.
Yseult the Gentle