Cranach Gown


Navigation for this part of the page: A gazillion people have already studied the Cranach gown, so I don’t expect that I will come up with something new. However, I have discovered something that I have not seen come up in any other Cranach study, so I thought I should write it down. To make […]


Navigation for this part of the page: I’ve decided to start with some basic measures that I would need to actually make the gown.. As explained in the planning of my ‘Hardwick’ gown, I’ve first laid a digital grid over the painting of the ‘Magdalena’ so that I could estimate the actual width of the […]


Navigation for this part of the page: Surprisingly I didn’t finish of the clothing parts for this costume first. Instead, I suddenly had the inspiration to make the neck ring. I used Fimo (an oven-hardening, flexible clay), leaf gold and Swarovski rhinestones. Here’s how I made it: First, I sculpted the neck ring from Fimo. […]


Navigation for this part of the page: I made the skirt with the pattern that I pictured on the ‘Planning’ page from golden brocade and plush rayon velvet which I dyed to a beautiful garnet red color. The actual skirt was sewn pretty fast; just to add the linen lining took a bit longer as […]


Navigation for this part of the page: I started by decorating the fabric that’s supposed to become the Brustfleck. I am using the same brocade as I used for the skirt, and decorated it with silver and golden embroidery yarn, *real* garnets (no, *not* rhinestones. The real stuff; Rosen cut!) in rim settings, Swarovski Golden […]


Navigation for this part of the page: Constructing the bodice was relatively simple, I basically constructed it by draping and having a mix of the back of an Elizabethan dress with scooped neckline and the front of a Robe à la francaise lining in mind. Sounds weird? I guess it is, but those seemed the […]


Navigation for this part of the page: I know it’s getting a little mixed up… am simultaneously working on Brustfleck, bodice and sleeves, but… Here’s a first making-of picture of the sleeves: I used my ‘sleeve scale’ picture from the planning: drafted a sleeve on white silk satin and then decorated it according to this […]

Finished gown

Navigation for this part of the page: And here are the first pictures of the finished gown on the dressmaking mannequin… …and here’s the one single picture I so far have of myself wearing it 😉 The change between the above shown dress mannequin pictures and this one is that I re-arranged the ladder lacing […]