It is possibly the prime rule for anyone wanting to do authentic costume re-creation: don't make your outerwear before you have the correct underwear to wear under it. It makes so much difference to the silhouette and hang of the eventual clothing, and also to how you walk, stand, sit etc.
Have fun with your costuming!
--- "randy keator" <randolphk@...
Hi Sarah.. not sure just how authentic you are striving to be but for
underpinnings you will require some type of corset and I strongly suggest
for you to obtain or have one made BEFORE the fittings and actual
measurements are done by the seamstress. For the period it would be of a
brocade or heavy silk also. Shoes would be of the button and loop closure
with somewhat medium stocky heel and could be of leather or very heavy wt
silk ; white if leather( no shine !) ,white ( actually closer to a shade of
linen) if silk or dyed close to the same shade of the dress. Underpinnings
shoul also include a chemise of muslin ( cotton) and stockings of cotton or
silk ,depending on how wealthy you want your lady to appear to be(~;
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