Joined: 15 May 2007
Location: Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit
Real Name: Jeff Pavlik
|Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:58 pm Post subject: French Leggings
|Here is a pattern and some documentation for leggings as observed being worn by the French and Natives in the Northeast and Great Lakes during the middle of the 18th century.
A full scale version can be found at my site :
Here is some documentation.
“During their travels across Canada, the French [canadiens] dress as the Indians; they do not wear breeches.” – Peter Kalm 1749
“Those who go to war receive a capot, two cotton shirts, one breechclout, one pair of leggings, on blanket, one pair of souliers de boeuf, a wood-handled knife, a worm and a musket when they do not bring any. The breechclout is a piece of broadcloth draped between the thighs in the Native manner and with the two ends held by a belt. One wears it without breeches to walk more easily in the woods.” - d’Aleyrac, 1755-60
“The mitasses are some kind of very wide gaiters with the two sides sewn together approximately four fingers from the edge with no buttons or buttonholes. - d’Aleyrac, 1755-60
“The brahier (brayet or breechclout) is a piece of deerhide or broadcloth that Europeans give them, it is a quarter or third (of an ell) of broadcloth that men pass between their legs as if they were riding a horse; this piece of cloth passes on a thong tied around the hips, the two ends hanging in front and in the back, the front is longer then the back.” -J.C. Bonin, 1750’s.
“What are called mitasses or mitassonnes in Native language are some kind of stockings that Canadiens make with two half-ells of broadcloth, or one ell of molleton cut in two, for each leg and sewn the length of the leg and the width of half the width of the calf so that the leg can get in, with an excess of four or five inches wide that is left free along the side of the leg, the bottom can be put in the shoe and the legging can be held in place with a garter tied above the calf. When one wants to be more fancy, one trims these with straight or wolfe-tooth pattern, along the edge.” -J.C. Bonin, 1750’s.