September - December 2016

Flemish Partlet

A Flemish peasant's partlet. The pattern was developed from Hunnisett's version in Period Costume for Stage & Screen, with the CB cut on the fold, and the neck undarted. Since I lengthened it considerably to cover the bust, the CF has a bit of curve. The partlet is made from a double layer of 3.5 oz. linen. An 85" long strip of linen selvage forms the ruffle, the pleats made with 1/4" long stitches. Each pleat is sewn to both fabric and lining (it's stroke gathered). This ruffle won't form the figure-eight shapes you see without starching. But that's ok: this is a low-maintenance partlet. Unstarched ruffs are perhaps shown in Pieter Aertsen's Two Women Cooking.

Joachim Beuckelaer, 1569: detail from Kitchen Piece, with Jesus in the House of Martha and Mary in the background

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Joachim Beuckelaer, 1567: detail from Market Peasants
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna