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The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries began in politically splintered Italy. The age was humanistic, like the people themselves; the clothing was individualistic, competitive, even playful. While there were broad similarities, regional variations were the norm.
Fashion for woman changed radically after 1460. Evolving from the houpelande MP-026, the bodice was cut separately from the skirt, above the natural waist, and became tight fitting. Skirts could be gathered or pleated or neither. They were often split in front to show the skirt of a sleeveless underdress, which could also show under a V-neck. The chemise MP-090, decorated or not, also often showed at the neck. The sleeves could be slashed to show the chemise sleeve, and were often laced or tied to the bodice, rather than sewn on. This allowed different sets of sleeves to be worn with one gown. A sleeveless tabbard was occasionally worn over the gown.
Period Patterns #41, Women's Italian Renaissance Gowns, provides patterns for 7 gowns and 1 tabbard in women's sizes 8 through 18. Two have split skirts, underskirts, and stomachers, two fake an underdress. The underskirts and stomachers can be left off to be replaced by a real underdress. Four of the gown patterns have sleeves that tie on.
This pattern covers the time period from 1470 to 1505 A.D.
These Women's Italian Renaissance Gowns patterns were designed for real authenticity. Each pattern includes historical notes for background, and variation enhancements for the finished costume. Sewing instructions and suggestions for fabric choices and notions are included.
This pattern goes well with Period Patterns MP-090 Women's Undergarments, Ruffs, Collars & Cuffs, MP-092 Capes and Tabbards and MP-093 Bags, Purses and Pouches.
For your convenience a women's basic measurement chart appears below.
|Body Measurements (Womens's)|
|Size||Bust||Waist||Waist to Hem||Back Waist Length|
The instructions for Period Patterns assume you are an experienced seamstress with expertise in fitting garments, so they do not explain fitting techniques. They do NOT give explicit or detailed instructions and are NOT for beginners. If you are an experienced seamstress with good sewing skills you will be fine.
Of all our Period Patterns, the Women's Italian Renaissance Gowns has the worst reputation for having poor instructions. I have seen results of gowns made with this pattern, and they are lovely, though. Be sure you make a muslin mock-up, and are an experienced sewer with a good sense of humor before embarking on this adventure please!
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.