Below is a "falling band," made from Reconstructing History's pattern RH103, "Men's and Women's 17th C Collars and Cuffs." This is the white curved collar that you often see hanging over the top of what we think of as a suit jacket, going all the way around.( In my case it will be to hide the funky looking neckline on my jacket.) These were worn by both men and women and were detachable. Made of linen, which was not particularly difficult or expensive to get, things like collars, cuffs, and undergarments could be removed and washed as often as needed. Not so for the actual suit, pants, or skirt which were made from heavier, more expensive, possibly imported fabric. What you see was probably on the order of 6 hours of hand sewing but machine sewing would take hours off of that.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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