One such job is the medieval boxer shorts!
The brief is relatively simple, but the description is not so easy! Basically, all chaps went around with their underwear on display. Oh yes! Braise (or Braises) were baggy boxer shorts that came down to somewhere near the knee (they would become shorter as time goes on, but for my purposes, knee length is fine). Tied at the knees and waist, other items, such as money pouches and hose were suspended from the braises, making the braises the most important part of a gentleman's garb.
Hose are basically just tight fitting woolen tubes that cover the leg from upper thigh to ankle (though feet were often sewn into them). With boots and a shirt or tunic, this comprises the basic clothing of the medieval man. Here's a diagram that might help a little: it shows my manly, muscled legs, a pair of braises and one of a pair of hose (oh, and a boot). You can see where the hose tie to the braises.
So, with that in mind (plus the fact that I have had to pause in my other sewing project) I have less than two weeks to get some braises and scarlet hose made for an event!
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