Lengberg Castle brassiere
From the first time I saw the Lengberg Castle underwear I knew that I would want to make something similar. Having big breasts complicates things, I would prefer not to wear modern bras with my medieval clothes. But there is no chance that I can get away with not wearing anything at all. The fitted front dresses might work, but I prefer to use ease in my garments and I am not all that fond of the shape my breasts would get in that kind of fitted underwear.
So the Lengberg Castle brassiere was perfect, it is just like a modern bra, but with more coverage and in linen.
There are quite a few interesting articles on the net already, you should check them out in stead of me trying to communicate what they are about.
Medieval supportive underwear at Medieval Silkwork
Supportive underwear in written sources at Medieval Silkwork
About medieval bra(shirt)s and other underwear by Isis Sturtewagen
The “Invention” of Needle-lace in East Tyrol? – University of Innsbruck
I used a lot of needles and draped this pattern on my self wearing my regular bra. It is really hard to drape on yourself so I recommend that you get a friend to help you. But after a evening of contortionism I had a pattern.
It might be the silliest looking pattern I have ever made.
One of my favourite things to do is actually sewing eyelets, my brassiere have 6-7 at each side and is spiral laced.
The lacing I used is lucet braided wool.
The result is this, the seams are made with felled seams that are placed on the outside, to make it as smooth as possible for the skin.
It feels good to wear. I wore it for a full day in school and the only thing was that the bottom edge raised up under my bust but I will be attaching a skirt to and that might fix that problem. Also, My breast went kind of droopy with not as much lift as I am used to with my modern bra at the end of the day. But the linen I worked with is really thin and I will make a try with some sturdier linen and that might keep them up and happy all day. But it was really comfy even if they “sank” in height during the day.
This pattern is made after my body, so a mock up is very important. But I thought that there is always nice to see how the pattern looks, as a starting point for your own pattern.
I wear a European size 80H according to the label in my bra that is a 95H in France and 36H in UK, sorry you US ladies but I have no idea what that translates to. But my body measurements are: Bust 120cm and underbust 96cm.
As usual my pattern diagrams are in cm
My other posts about the Lengberg Castle brassiere.
Lengberg Castle brassiere – It works
Lengberg Castle brassiere – comparison