This dress was based on a picture in Hans Weigel's Trachtenbuch printed in 1577, showing a French peasant woman. It has served me well, the top photo is from 2010, and I could still have worn it if I hadn't become too fat for it. In fact I am a little fat even in the photos from 2002 below.
The dress is made of yellow worsted wool and the guard at the hem and the front placket is made of dark grey-black wool flannel.
I'm wearing sewn stockings of a thin wool twill in all the photos, though not the same. In teh 2002 photos I also wear black leather hand made shoes. in the top one my arhtirtis has foced me to use Mary Janes with ortipedic insoles cast after my feet.
The smock is entirely hand sewn and made of thin linen. In this image you can see the lacing closer, maybe too close as you can see the lacing holes on the placket.
I don't know what I was thinking when I chose white linen thread to make them. I think I was just to in love with using waxed linen thread, to actually think. I also didn't think it would show, which it also didn't when I lost weight, as can be seen from the top photo.
The bodice and front placket are first spiral laced together and then I use ladder lacing to keep the bodice together. I apologize for the general low quality of the 2002 pictures. Firstly, they were taken with a cheap digital camera and secondly, it was 10 pm, and the relative darkness makes funny things with colours.