Clothes of the Common People in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England Vol 22: Women’s Gowns, Cassocks, Waistcoats

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Volume 21 covered womens garments with overbodies, those generally worn next out from the shift. This volume covers garments generally worn further out. These can be full length such as the gown, which appears as a form of woman’s overcoat, or the cassock which appears to be worn more loosely. Alternatively they can cover only the upper body such as the waistcoat or the jerkin or, outermost of all, the short woman’s cloak.


In some cases legislation limited the fabrics or decoration of many of these garments for servants: “no maidservant or woman servant whatsoever dwelling or shall hereafter dwell within the city of London or the liberties thereof, which shall take any wages or be hired or agree for …[was not allowed to]… wear any gown, kirtle, waistcoat or petticoat of any kind of silk or stuff mingled with silk, nor any other stuff exceeding the price of 2s 6d [30d] a yard, nor any kersey exceeding the price of 5s [60d] a yard nor broad cloth exceeding the price of 10s [120d] a yard. Nor any lace or guard upon her gown, kirtle, waistcoat or petticoat, or any other garment, save only a cape [collar] of velvet: nor any “fardingale” at all, either little or great, nor any body or sleeves of wyer whalebones or with other stiffening, save canvas or buckram only”


examination in the ‘Clothes of the Common People in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England’. In this series of books reconstructions are made for a range of styles of each garment. The fabrics and materials closest to the originals still available have been used and all dyeing is with period dyestuffs using period methods, mostly at the reconstructed period dyehouse in the Green Valley.


For each reconstruction patterns are provided. A description of the fabrics used and photographs of the completed reconstructions are also included.


Further details:

Softcover:80 pages
Language: English
Illustrations: Line drawings
Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 14.6 x 0.03 cm

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Resource: 2 Towers.


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Weight 0.1 kg


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