Fabric: Original would be hemp, course linen or wool. Could use an old plain sheet in cotton (not coloured).
Length: For ladies – to just above the ankle; for men – to just above the knee.
Arms: Fairly loose fit. Cut to the wrist. Sleeves can be rolled up.
Neckline: The centre slit at the front is to allow room to get the garment over the head. This can be cut into a V-shape if desired. Don’t make it too low!
Making up: Stitch the shoulder seams, side seams and lower sleeve edges. Ladies could have a slit at the sides to allow ease of movement (not too high!). Garment can be tied at the waist with a belt, a piece of cloth or thin rope.
Suggestions: Ladies’ thick leggings (not brightly coloured); old-fashioned long johns; plain pyjama-style bottoms; light-weight light coloured trousers
Can be worn loose, or rolled up, or cross-gartered using tape or string thus:
Shoes: Some thought needed here. But avoid trainers etc. Sandals could do.
Headgear: Bare-headed for men or a hood which extends own to cover the shoulders, called a chaperon. Fabrics would be natural colour of if dyed would be ochre or other earthy colours.
Unless a young unmarried woman, ladies always covered their hair, often with a simple bonnet called a coif. Something similar could be crafted from a simple white square of fabric tied like a headscarf behind the head with all the end tucked in.
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