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Medieval Bras and Undies.

Our latest guest blogger was wondering whether to start her forthcoming series with the topic of ‘bras and knickers’ or just to jump in with Medieval Sanitary Customs (of the female kind.)

Medieval Under-Clothing.

Medieval clothing is a topic which is dear to any Lady’s heart, and why not?

With such fabulous gowns and sumptuous fabrics, why not dress in her finest every chance she gets? Talks such as these, are always enthusiastically attended, but after it’s all over, there’s a crowd that hangs back to ask the really, really pertinant questions.

Everyone knows that medieval women didn’t wear underwear. No pants- everyone knows that. And bras are a pretty modern invention, aren’t they? Aren’t they?

See a pair of Reproduction Medieval Underpants.

Actually, no. Medieval women did wear underwear, and not the corsets and chastity belts that Hollywood would have us believe. Thrilling archaeological finds in Europe have discovered underwear- women’s underwear- and Abbey Festival-goers will have a chance to hear about them and see a pair of reproduction medieval underpants at a lecture in the University Pavillion on both days.

 

Guest Blogger:  Rosalie Gilbert

{Rosalie Gilbert is a re-enactor and historical clothing enthusiast whose main interest is the lives of medieval women.

Rosemalie is a life member of FOTAM; has been re-enacting for 10 years with various groups of late is associated with Knights of Lion Rampant.  She wrote our first stringently-accurate costume guidelines for our stall-holders.  Rosalie has been a long-time volunteer at many Abbey Museum events including the Abbey Medieval Festival.  We are sure Rosalie’s lectures at this year’s Tournament will be as well attended as her previous ones.

Visit her website at http://rosaliegilbert.com for more information about the lives of medieval women.}

The transformation is starting….Project Gorgeous Garment!

Hello again readers.

Thank you, thank you, oh esteemed colleagues of the Medieval Festival, for the routine reminders that we have less than seven weeks to the Festival.  And more precisely, for me to get  project ‘Gorgeous Garment’ under control.  I now realise how much time I wasted last week,  forcing my poor, poor costume designer to chase me several times!

Look, it is what it is!  And I guess like many Mums out there juggling home, kids, schools, relationship, work,  and not to mention the elusive ‘me time’, I think last week was one for the books.  Take car trouble, take kid’s school drama, take a yucky chest cold and add a mouse in the house (think mouse and think the secret Mother’s Day stash of chocolates, yes lucky mouse!).  And what results?   Well, naturally, you forget to take your measurements and send them to the lovely and gracious Carolyn awaiting in NSW, needle in hand!  (So sorry, C!).

And you know, it wasn’t that I forgot, I just couldn’t put my hand on a tape measure anywhere.  At one stage I was thinking this is a ridiculous prank! I tried at least three places and even considered using my husband’s concrete-covered yellow trady Dewalt one, (Yes, it is true!) but I decided, this wasn’t how it should be.

Anyway, following rugby on Saturday morning……I finally did it! (And I’m fully allowing myself this moment of achievement, because as simple as sending measurements on, it just wasn’t that simple for me last week.)  Finally, I was successful in getting my hands on the right sort of tape-measure at Morayfield shops for the jolly price of $2.50.  Without any further undue waste of time, measurements were taken, on-site, in front of my confused kids and sent via text to the awaiting seamstress.(:

A few short hours later, Ladies and Gentlemen!….the transformation began to unfold.

This is what I received back!

 

I loved the pattern, I loved the colours, the buttons….. well, we can discuss.  But then,  I did a double take on the fabric which the lovely, gracious Carolyn had chosen.  And at once….. I became ‘Medievalised’! On closer examination, I saw something beautiful.  In fact, I don’t think I had ever before laid my eyes on seen such rich, gorgeous, luxurious fabric.  It slowly drew me in until I was almost able to feel the contours and profile of this superbly sensual fabric selection.

My experience was happening and I was having fun!

It was indeed and I was loving it!  And I began to wonder which of my readers out there were having similar experiences and got to imagine themselves in their creations.  Readers, I SO hope you have!  And because it was a personal and rich moment, a medieval magical moment, I wanted to share it with you.  For an exchange, but!  I would really love to hear about your Fashion projects and any resulting experiences.

Let me know, please.  Till next time, my fellow followers of fashion.  Stay safe!

Caroline