The clothes were usually passed down and became damaged, so there are few surviving examples to go by. But from the few fragments that survived it is believed that the fabrics were
linen, hemp, wool, silk, fur & leather of different
qualities. Cotton, which certainly existed, came to Sweden in
the 1700s and was then rare and expensive.
The colours came from plant and mineral sources.
Form-fitting dresses with long wide sleeves were worn by
women of the upper class of society.
They had, among other things, long sleeves and were
laced at the back, so it was hard work to dress and they had servants to help.
It was impossible to work with such sleeves.
Form-fitting dresses also had straight tight sleeves.
There could be lacing on the sides, but lacing at the front was
not believed to have been use on garments for the upper classes.
The higher society (the bourgeoisie) also showed by the colours
how rich and wealthy they were.
They often had blue and red.
Men usually wore tunics (shirt).
If you put gussets in the seams it becomes a gown.
The two male pieces can be combined how you want.
The garments were decorated with ribbons, embroidery and
(I put lacing at the top on the sides so it will fit all).
The lower class citizens wore a full length tunic and no more. The material
could be linen, leather, wool, silk or fur. Leg clothes were often in fabric or leather.
I sew pants in cotton. (because of cost).
The bourgeoisie could afford to have pants with a lot of fabric.
These pants were laced and held up with a belt, rope or similar.
The riders preferred a loose flapping style.
Like the bourgeois women, men liked to show their status by the colours such as blue and red. WELCOME TO THE GALLERY TO SEE SOME OF THE RANGE.