Rachel, This is a bra based on a 15th century Austrian undergarment found in Lengberg Castle.  Yes, there...

RACHEL

"This is a "bra" based on a 15th century Austrian undergarment found in Lengberg Castle. Yes, there were supportive undergarments in the 15th century! The main body of the bra is IL019 in Bleached softened, and the cups are IL020 in Bleached softened. "

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Gingeralt6 years ago

cool! I didn't know that!

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Rachelalt6 years ago

The lacy material between the cups is called sprang, a plaiting technique. It provides structure as well as being pretty.

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Sylviaalt6 years ago

Love Rachel's historical recreation of this bra!

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Janetalt6 years ago

I love this, would love to have a pattern.

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Elizabethalt6 years ago

I am so glad you recreated this!

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Lynnealt6 years ago

Medieval time period bra!

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Juliealt6 years ago

That's my girl!

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Aalt6 years ago

Love it!

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Bettyalt6 years ago

I like it!

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Aprilalt6 years ago

Awesome work! So nice to see this recreated!

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Lancealt6 years ago

Amazing dedication to historical garment research! (http://craftyagatha.blogspot.com/)

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Alice r.alt6 years ago

Very cool! How did you fit the cups? And I love the lacy upper chest piece.

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Rachelalt6 years ago

I actually used a modern bra cup shape for my pattern shaping. By cutting out the cups and cutting them in half vertically, I was able to then shape the cups to provide full coverage and used those shapes as my pattern.

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Michellealt6 years ago

I have been wanting to try this too, ever since they found that bra in the wall a few years back. More pics? How does it fasten?

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Kirstenalt6 years ago

I think its awesome she is making medieval bras out of linen!

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Rachelalt6 years ago

It is fastened along both sides with lacing through eyelets. It is completely hand sewn using waxed linen thread. I have a blog craftyagatha.blogspot.com, if you are interested in seeing more pictures.

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Crystalalt6 years ago

You have done so much research on this thing! And to get so in depth into how to most authentically recreate this garment is astonishing and wonderful. Vivat!

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Dellaalt6 years ago

Thank you for sharing your work with such a wide audience. Who wouldn't feel pretty wearing such a lovely garment? Alicia