"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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cool! I didn't know that!
The lacy material between the cups is called sprang, a plaiting technique. It provides structure as well as being pretty.
Love Rachel's historical recreation of this bra!
I love this, would love to have a pattern.
I am so glad you recreated this!
Medieval time period bra!
That's my girl!
I like it!
Awesome work! So nice to see this recreated!
Amazing dedication to historical garment research! (http://craftyagatha.blogspot.com/)
Very cool! How did you fit the cups? And I love the lacy upper chest piece.
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.
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?
I think its awesome she is making medieval bras out of linen!
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.
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!
Thank you for sharing your work with such a wide audience. Who wouldn't feel pretty wearing such a lovely garment? Alicia