In any case, here's what I did... I decided to make a mock-up of the unterhosen for my daughter in cotton, but I needed to make sure I knew what I was doing first, therefore...
Instead of relying on my sleepless cogitations that were formed from all kinds of weird assumption, I decided to pull out the trusty extant unterhosen picture from Harpfe and have a good long study. I have determined the following from the image:
- It appears as if the thin ties used to connect the loincloth together from front to back are short sections of fabric sewn into a tube. It is not one long piece of fabric encircling the entire waist.
- It appears as if the main section of the loincloth is a single piece of fabric. My erroneous assumption was that it was two pieces of fabric sewn together for thickness and comfort, but I have yet to find a seam that would actually support this.
- It appears as if the edges of the loincloth are finished with a rolled hem. Check along the edge of the back left and right leg sections. Near the top of the left leg is a section where the hem looks to be unraveling.
- It appears as if the fabric used to making these unterhosen was a fairly tight weave of a reasonably heavy thread, but I am not a fabric expert by any means, so I could be way off. I can only say for certain that it is a reasonably heavy weight of fabric and you can't see through it.
- These were worn and repaired numerous times if the knots on the front left and back right are any indication along with the reparations made to the front of the loin cloth area.
- The front of the unterhosen was likely worn lower than the back, which, considering how they are depicted in artwork, would make sense.
Next time I'll show you how it all came together, hopefully...