belfebe (belfebe) wrote,

How not to look like a fool with your pants on the ground

Well, my Dark Child has decided to go back to school. We are currently working on his registration process and all the details. He has also taken his placement tests and done very well (with honors in the case of English!), and as you can imagine, this mama is very happy.

Yay Dark Child!

In other news, my quest for having at least some new garb at Pennsic continues. I wish I could say that I am producing massive quantities of garments, but that is not true. However, at least I now own a new set of fencing armor (blue/green), that fits me nicely, and at least one new fencing shirt is in the works. More to come.

It´s been so long since I have posted about sewing, that it would seem I have not been doing anything. Far from it. I have currently finished the embroidery of the forehead cloth that I had promised to alina_s, in exchange for 5 yards of a handwoven cut of wool. The embroidery matches that of the coif that I made for her last year, and now it only needs the ties and the lining. It will be verra nice.

I had also finished, back in January, a nice set of doublet and venetians for my hunny bunny. (And I need to take a better picture than this one!). This particular set took me forever to finish since it was all hand-stitched in the period manner -- meaning by that that each individual piece was finished first, and then stitched together with a simple, small whip-stitch. As you can see, my sweetie is not a small man, so that meant a lot of stitching. But it was worth it.

The venetians also featured a nifty eyelet band like this one. Contrary to popular belief, belts were not used to hold your pants in those days. Eyelet bands were. For those not familiar with how these things were put together, the eyelet band is just that: a band with eyelets stitched to the waist of a doublet. That eyelets in the band matches the ones in the breeches waistband. Then you take some ties or "points" and tie the two pieces together. I can assure you, your pants are going nowhere.

The most practical way to get in and out of that is to treat it like a jumpsuit, where top and bottom are treated like one piece. Or you can put the two pieces separately and ask a friend to tie the points. Whatever works for you.

The point is, if you look at extant pieces, pictorial evidence, etc., you will notice that guys did wear belts. However, the belts are worn over the doublet, not under. Moreover, you will find that belt loops are stitched to the doublet, never to the breeches like in the case of modern trousers. This is a good example of what I am talking about. And for that matter, so it this, and this.

Now, take a close look at the paintings and at the reproduction. Where is the belt? Under the doublet, holding the pants? No. It is over the doublet making a fashion statement. It can hold a sword, as you can see. It may even hold a pouch if the case be. But what it is not going to hold, is your pants.

And if you believe that guys did not have the problem of pants falling off their butts, think again. Guys' anatomy has not changed that much since the 16th Century. Falling pants are a problem now, and were a problem then too. And the only thing that is going to prevent you from looking like a fool with your pants on the ground, is eyelet bands. (Of course, you can wear a belt in your pants if you so wish, but this is a discussion on how to keep your pants in place in the period way.)

So there.

Of course, this works great for guys, who although facing the endemic problem of falling pants, do not have the problem of having to pull their pants down in order to go to the bathroom. Girls do, but that's a topic for another entry.

In the meantime, remember: eyelet bands are your friend.

~Belfebe out
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