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Chemise ladie's undergarment, 14th century, A History of Costume; Kohler.  Made several of these and they are very comfortable.

Chemise ladie's undergarment, 14th century, A History of Costume; Kohler. Made several of these and they are very comfortable.

Pattern is based on extant piece, 14th century ladies undergown (chemise), made from fine linen or silk.

Pattern is based on extant piece, 14th century ladies undergown (chemise), made from fine linen or silk.

14th century

14th century

The Bodacious Bohemian Bathhouse Babes.  illuminations from the Wenceslaus Bible.

The Bodacious Bohemian Bathhouse Babes. illuminations from the Wenceslaus Bible.

Bohemian Bathhouse Babes/Keepers - sleeveless chemise w/ back scrubber and bucket - Wenceslaus Bible

Bohemian Bathhouse Babes/Keepers - sleeveless chemise w/ back scrubber and bucket - Wenceslaus Bible

Discovered in a castle vault, the scraps of lace that show lingerie was all the rage 500 years ago by Dalya Alberge. The lace and linen undergarments date back to hundreds of years before women’s underwear was thought to exist.  They had lain hidden in a vault beneath the floorboards of an Austrian castle since  the 15th century. Despite their state of decay, the knickers bear more than a passing resemblance to the string bikini briefs popular today.

Found in a castle vault, the scraps of lace that show lingerie was all the rage 500 years ago

Discovered in a castle vault, the scraps of lace that show lingerie was all the rage 500 years ago by Dalya Alberge. The lace and linen undergarments date back to hundreds of years before women’s underwear was thought to exist. They had lain hidden in a vault beneath the floorboards of an Austrian castle since the 15th century. Despite their state of decay, the knickers bear more than a passing resemblance to the string bikini briefs popular today.

This link goes to a gallery of period images of cotehardies.

This link goes to a gallery of period images of cotehardies.

Coat found in a Liechestershire coal mine and dated to late 1400s-early 1500s. In blue and yellow. Belonged to a miner, but likely came from higher up the social scale.

Coat found in a Liechestershire coal mine and dated to late 1400s-early 1500s. In blue and yellow. Belonged to a miner, but likely came from higher up the social scale.

Female Pirahan

Female Pirahan

That dress (and a very informative post on the Italian camicia here: http://aneafiles.webs.com/camicia.html )

That dress (and a very informative post on the Italian camicia here: http://aneafiles.webs.com/camicia.html )

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