MY FIRST CLOTHING ENDEAVOR FOR SECOND LIFE

This is a re-post from our Hell House Design Blog,which  is being incorporated into the umbrella group of Hell House Studios for easier maintenance and to better serve ALL of our customers.

After 40-50 hours of work in Photoshop and in Second Life (SL), I have almost finished my first creative clothing endeavor.... a White Medieval Under-dress for the *Oldtown RP Sim.

While there are many wonderful designers in SL, who make Medieval and Fantasy type clothing, I learn things better when I have a need for something.

White Medieval Fantasy Flexible Under-dress

It is speculated that the "under-dress", "chemise" or "shift" was worn as an undergarment to assist in keeping the "overdress" or outer garments somewhat protected from perspiration and dirt of the wearer.  It is also supposed the weather was cooler and necessitated the layering of clothing.

Typically, "under-dresses", "chemise" or "shifts" were lighter in construction, being made of such materials as cotton, linen, or light wool.  This lighter garment allowed the the body to "breathe" and greater movement to be had.   The overdress or outer layers usually were constructed of brocades, heavy silk, heavy wool, etc., which provided both warmth and ostentation, especially for the nobility.

But, doing laundry in the Middle Ages was a heavy chore and special care was required of certain fabrics.  If the heavier outer clothing could be kept clean longer by wearing something lighter next to the skin, it would not need to be washed as often and would last longer.  

In addition to being an under layer, it might also be safe to assume under dresses were the beginning of ladies lingerie of the Middle Ages.


*Oldtown attempts to recreate the world of Westeros in a roleplay setting in the virtual world of Second Life.  It is hoped to introduce others to George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire.  


Please note the Oldtown mentioned in this article no longer exist in SL.

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