photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Clothes of the Common People In Elizabethan and Early Stuart England

Volume 16: Mens' Legwear part 2


This volume completes the examination of the evidence for breeches and cover reconstructed patterns for all forms of male legwear except “stockings” which are covered in Volume 18 and Drawers and other Overbreeches covered in Volume 17.


Chapter Title Page
Part 1: The Evidence
Breeches Construction and Decoration 3
Linings 4
Ornamentation 4
Breeches Styles: 8
Above the Knee 9
Baggy Breeches 13
Later Tapering Breeches 18
Open Leg 20
Trousers 21
Side and Waist Fastenings 22
Surviving Garments 23
Breeches pockets 25
Part 2: Reconstruction
Reconstructing Replica Male Legwear 29
Attaching Breeches to Doublets with points 31
Men in Tights 32
Chav Breeches 34
Slops and Open legged breeches 37
Uncommon French Hose 40
Round Hose 43
Deflater Hose 45
Venetians 48
Above the Knee 50
Baggy Breeches 53
Simple Breeches 55
Tapering Breeches 58

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