This is my first attempt at a ‘historically accurate’ costume. Some college friends and I were going to a Renaissance Fair (sorry, I refuse to spell it with an ‘e’) and I figured it was more fun to go in costume.
Being me, I did a ton of research on the internet and decided on a 16th century Flemish working-woman’s outfit. I liked them because they looked easy to wear, they didn’t show a lot of bosom, and best yet, someone had done a lot of research on them, so it was easy to recreate one.
I used unbleached cotton muslin and dyed it. The two shades of pink that I dyed turned out much more vivid than I expected. I went with the “peasants would have used the cheapest fabric and the cheapest fabric is cotton” theory, rather than using wool.
The outfit consists of a boned underdress (a kirtle maybe? this is not at all my century of expertise), an overdress which is open over the underdress and laces up with spiral lacing. I turned the skirt up and pinned it to reveal the underskirt. There is a shirt worn under the kirtle, and a partlet over the whole thing.