An undergarment of a poorer woman was a smock. It comes made of linen, can be knee or calf length, and has long sleeves. The smock was almost completely cut in rectangles with very straight lines. A rectangular shape prevents wasting precious fabric. These smocks were most often found in off-white, and had little or no embroidery. The skirts that peasant women wore were to their ankles or longer. They were very full around the waist, and not fitted. They were also very plain. The skirts were usually made of wool or linen.
The women amd men in the Elizabethan era wore underclothes and over clothes. Some of the underclothes for the women included : smock or shift, also called a chemise made of linen, stockings or hose, corest or bodice, farthingale - a hooped skirt, a roll or rowle, stomacher, petticoat, kirtle, forepart, and parlet. The over clothes were gown, separate sleeves, ruff, cloak, shoes, and hat. The underclothes and over clothes were fewer for the men. Their underclothes contained shirts, stockings or hose,...