garb question

Maureen Martinez Maureen_Martinez at
Mon Apr 22 15:55:28 PDT 1996

     The most common fabrics used during this time were linen, wool, and silk; 
     with silk being the most costly.
     Since none of these has alot of stretch (found in some modern fabrics), 
     make sure you cut the pattern pieces so that you make the most of the 
     stretch you do get.  Most fabrics have more stretch in the weft (across the 
     fabric) than in the warp (along the length of the fabric).  The warp 
     threads are set up on the loom first (hence the term "warping the loom), 
     and are tightened by the mechanism of the loom itself.  The tightness of 
     the weft is maintained by the weaver, and can be loose, or tight depending 
     on the type and quality of fabric.  
     For tights, I would assume that you want stretch around the leg rather than 
     in the length.  I have also heard of cutting on the diagonal to get stretch 
     in both directions, but have no experience in this.  
     Best of luck!
     Jenny Winslow
     MKA Maureen Martinez

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Subject: garb question
Author:  ansteorra at at Dell_UNIX
Date:    4/21/96 10:18 PM

I am interested in making a pair of late period men's tights.  I have found
lots of information on construction, &c., but have found nothing as to the
actual material one would use.  Any suggestions?

Thank you!


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