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, "anxiousgamer" <aeval4@...> wrote:
> Im about to make a kirtle for myself for an event. I am a bigger gal.. should i put boning in the front where it opens? Is that period?
Boning for 15th century? Not that I've seen, but I haven't researched everywhere and everywhen in the 15th century so there could be something I've missed. Theres a few posts here right now about ways to stop bunching if you haven't seen them, but I personally find that facing my lacing edges, keeping the eyelets close together and tying the cord off at the waist means that I don't get any bad bunching.
For smocks I use a T-Tunic without the front and back gores because I hate them, and cut about midcalf in length.
> can a kirtle , if its plain and you are underclass be worn alone with a placket underneath. (I know there is a lot of theories on the placket)
No. If it is for the stage then you can get away with not wearing any underwear, but for wearing things in real life I always recomend wearing your underwear, and there is no theory that they every wore a placket to fake that. The placket theory is that in Burgundy in the 15th century ladies may have worn a placket over their kirtle and under their gown which is why sometimes you get what looks like the kirtle showing as black at the neckline but a different colour at the hem. Some people say they always wore a placket, some say they never ever did. I think that they could have done different things for different reasons and we don't know enough about it to even think of saying they always or they never on that matter. Even the underclass would have worn a smock- after all a smock is much cheaper than a gown or Kirtle! Think of it today, you wouldn't go round in designer jeans, a nice top and a stylish coat if you couldn't afford a bra and knickers, you'd wear last winter's coat and cheaper jeans so you could afford the bra and knickers.
For aprons I just get a rectangle of fabric and sew ties near the corners and tie around my waist. I then leave them at home and am without them on the weekend I planned on wearing them. I then spend all weekend in foot deep mud, successfully managing to keep my floor length hem clean for two days straight when at the end of it all I get white ash from the fire all down my front of the dark kirtle where my apron should have been.
Hope thats helped somewhat!