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Farthingale Fabrics
19 Apr

Farthingale Fabrics

If you’re anything like me, you’ve always been fascinated by knowing what materials period garments were made of. Even the most basic of garments, like the farthingale.  While listings of undergarments are few, it turns out that there are...

Wrinkles Are Period!
07 Mar

Wrinkles Are Period!

Have you ever spent hours working on a bodice — building the layers, adding all that trim, making dozens of tiny tabs for the waist and shoulders — just to find out when you put it on that it wrinkles across the front of your bust? I thin...

Name that Sleeve!
23 Feb

Name that Sleeve!

Have you ever wondered what to call those sleeves in a portrait? For a lot of Renaissance sleeves shapes, there wasn’t a specific name in period. So over the years, we re-creators have come up with a variety of terms to describe them. Admittedly, the...

Pinking and Slashing Your Sleeves
14 Feb

Pinking and Slashing Your Sleeves

Pinked sleeves were one of the most popular styles of sleeve decorations in much of the sixteenth century, yet it is a relatively uncommon decoration on modern recreations. It’s a shame, because Renaissance tailors could get incredibly creative...