It is a lovely hemd, with an embroidered smocked front and black lining along the neckline. But as one looks at many different portraits and paintings from the same time and region, I noticed something about that neckline. The back seems to be drawn down towards the front so that the back neckline also covers the entire shoulder. I will try and illustrate what I mean with some more pictures.
|Wolf Traut, Portrait of a woman, Nüremberg 1510|
|Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of a woman|
|Detail of a painting, showing the Young woman in green in a similar hemd|
The back seems to be a rounded line, not indicating a seam or anything other than over the front shoulder where it meets the front.
I found this a bit intriguing so I had to experiment a bit with a simple version af a hemd, where the back is wider than the front, thus curving down over the shoulder and forming that seamless line down the front.
So my version is a plain shift in two pieces, two sidegores and sleeves and in order to clearly illustrate the slanted backpiece/shoulder, I put in a small lining of the neckline in black silk. Here it is:
|The shoulder part hanging down in the front|
|The hemd when done|
|Construction with sidegore sewn directly to the sleeve|
|Worn with my blue Hausbook dress over it|
And clearly I have nothing to wear on top of it, since all my dresses are fairly high in the neck and doesn´t show anything of the shoulders.