Re: Polish Women's costume
> The 16th c. would be great, but I'm open to the 14th (my usual time period in England) or 15th c. I would really love something super fancy . I only have a couple of months, during some of which I will be birthing a baby- so I can't do tons of fitting to the very end.<<snip>>
> Would someone be willing to point me in the right direction and take me under their wing?
I can point you to resources, but not sure if they're what you're after.
Frescoes from the monastery of St. Jacob, Ląd, Wielkopolska (14th c.)
(not the best photo, sorry, but you can see women on the lower left of the photo wearing cottes and ruffled veils.)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sig/photos/album/1397537889/pic/1279679315/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc (in the SIG photos folder, under "Magdalena z Wroclawia"
Women from Gdansk/Danzig
Sarmatian Baroque: Men's and Women's Noble Dress in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1550-1600, by Zygmunt Nadratowski
And these notes on Polish dress:
Janina Kamińska and Adam Nahlik "Études sur l'industrie textile du haut Moyen Âge en Pologne" Archaeologia Polona 3:1960 89-119
Martyna Milewska "A method of recording late medieval footwear finds" Archaeologia Polona 19:1980 115-136
Hope some of it matches up with what you had in mind?