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Farthingale Fabrics

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 more accounts of farthingales than I would have expected. I haven’t found much yet in the [&h...

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Wardrobe of Giulia, wife of Alessandro di Bernardo de Ranieri

Wardrobe of Giulia, wife of Alessandro di Bernardo de Ranieri

Recently, while working on new research for this blog, I stumbled into an interesting wardrobe account from Florence. It is an inventory of the trousseau brought by a woman, Giulia, to her marriage to Alessandro di Bernardo de Ranieri, on June 12, 1576. A transcription of the inventory is available in La Rassegna nazionale, vol. […]

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Wrinkles Are Period!

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 think we’ve all been there once. And there […]

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Name that Sleeve!

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 names we use aren’t always consistent, and some names describe […]

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Pinking and Slashing Your Sleeves

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 with their pinking designs. This reluctance to pink and slash today’s recreations probably st...

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