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early 16th cen

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:58 pm
by christine303
hi all,
i am trying to put together a early 16th cen outfit (female) but am unsure what sort of style i should be looking at. can anyone tell of some web pages to look at. i,m not wanting anything fancy.


christine :)

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:15 pm
by lidimy
Hey :D

If you are going for a peasant-ish kirtle you will need to have a basic linen square necked smock with sleeves gathered to a cuff or left loose. On top of this you need a petticoat and then a lightly boned front lacing kirtle with waist seam. This will need a square, wide neckline, but an unpointed waist line.
The sleeves can either be joined or not, and can be either full length or not. If not sewn on, they will need to be tied on. They will need to be fully lined, as will the kirtle, not sure whether the petticoat needs to be....

Here are some piccies closest to what I am describing:

She is wearing a black partlet on top of her mustard kirtle that ties under the arms for extra warmth. Browsing around the site will let you see the construction of each layer. Although not all of her gowns are early 1500s, for a lower middle class woman I don't believe it would change too much, though here she more portrays a lower class worker.

Hope this all helps a bit!

Lidi :D

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:13 pm
by MedicKitten
for the kirtle, DO NOT make the waistline come to a point- that comes in later. For early 1500s, it should just be straight across...which is handy, since that's easier.

You might also want to check out the Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhaila. Its a fantastic book.

16th cen

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:36 pm
by christine303
thank you both for your help the web site is very helpful


Re: early 16th cen

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:55 am
by Karen Larsdatter
Here are some of my favorite early 16th century manuscripts for looking at non-fancy clothing:

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:08 pm
by christine303
i have now been told that my costume should be for 1493 would the ones you have suggested do for that time ( hope so as i have made the chemise/shift and petticoat)
what would the headgear be for this time wimple or coif?


Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:38 am
by Tuppence
will do a quick bit of looking up and send you a pm tomorrow.

in the meantime, http://www.costumes.orgis a good site to check out.