- Oct 7, 2008I'd like to make a sideless surcote for my next gown. I'd like it
to be close to period. I have several questions:
~ Would a heavy cotton be good for the undergown? (kirtle?)
~ What would be a good fabric and pattern for a chemise underneath
~ Would velvet (non-stretch) be good for the surcote itself? It is of
a fairly substantial weight, and I have a LOT of it.
~ I have seen pictures that have the top part of the surcote in one
fabric, and the bottom starting around the hips in another. Can I
use a brocade-type fabric for the top?
~ Could I bead/jewel said top fabric? (note: this is NOT a heraldic
surcote, I have no arms as of yet)
~ Where would I be able to acquire patterns for the above? (I want
modest open sides, not the "gates of hell")
~ Are there any commercial patterns that are not too terribly warped
to go off of? (note- I am a big girl, and will have to enlarge any
pattern that I find. That's why I think I will like this
Any help is appreciated. This will be my first foray into 'period'
sewing. I have done renaissance-ish for the faires, but it is time
to move on up <cue theme>. Thank you. ;)
Shire of Ravenslake
Crystal Lake, IL
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