Womens Household

STATION:

Before designing your garb, you need to decide what type of role you wish to play within the household. Lady’s Maids and other members of the Upper Household and would wear nicer clothing than a Lower Servant such as a Scullery Maid. (All guild members are welcome to make both Upper and Lower Household garb so that they may switch roles as they wish or at need.)

UPPER HOUSEHOLD:

  • Shift- Of white cotton or linen, it should be square or high necked and MUST have long sleeves. Upper household chemises may have a very small amount of lace or embroidery (with GM approval).
  • Kirtle- Of linen, it should be custom fitted and lace up the back. Either round or square necked is fine, but it should not cut under the breasts. Skirts should be of matching linen, set into the bodice using knife pleats or stacked box pleats, with a guard or stripes of contrasting material near the hem. (we will be happy to help you pattern this for a custom fit
  • Overgown- of heavier material
  • Overpartlet- Black exterior and either black or colored interior. Designed to attach with pins to the kirtle this is a fun alternate accessory.
  • Jacket- this is a doublet or jerkin to be worn over your kirtle as an option
  • Sleeves- button, lace on, or pinnable sleeves for accessorizing and to extend your wardrobe options.
  • Shoes- Leather loafers can work well, for more accurate footwear check the links provided
  • Hose- Knee high knit cotton socks. (Yes, they do show)
  • Hat- A white caul, Upper Household may also wear a tall hat, Toque or flat cap with a white caul under it. (Make sure the hat is of materials appropriate to your station.)
  • Choosing fabrics with woven in patterns or textures is preferable for this rank and can add a fun visual while still complying with sumptuary statutes of the period. Check fabric selections with your GM for approval.

LOWER SERVANT:

  • Chemise- Of white cotton or linen, it should be high necked or have a square neckline and MUST have long sleeves. Lower Servant chemises should not have any lace or embroidery on them.
  • Kirtle- Of linen or wool, it should lace up the front and be custom fitted. Either round or square necked is fine. Skirts should be of matching linen, set into the bodice using stacked box pleats, with a guard or stripes of contrasting material near the hem. The skirt should be split up the front and have about 6" of extra material which can either hook on the opposite side or be pulled back to reveal the underskirt.
  • Underskirt- Of cotton or linen, it should a contrasting color so that when your over gown is left open or the over skirt is kirtled up for working the under skirt shows well.
  • Overpartlet- Black exterior and either black or colored interior. Designed to attach with pins to the kirtle this is a fun alternate accessory.
  • Sleeves- button, lace on, or pinnable sleeves for accessorizing and to extend your wardrobe options.
  • Shoes- Leather loafers can work well, for more accurate footwear check the links provided
  • Hose- Knee high knit cotton socks (Yes, they do show)
  • Hat- a white caul, a wide brimmed straw hat with the caul underneath is also good.