In the whirl of silk, lace and pearls there was an abundance of ordinary people. With this in mind, some of us decided to look for inspiration amongst the ordinary, everyday-people of the 17th century. We began our search for Dutch paintings from the period, and found the paintings of Jan Steen (and his contemporaries) to be a good source.
Searching through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s database, we found some interesting Dutch paintings. Another interesting site, featuring an article on what the common woman wore, proved a useful starting point.