My Costumes

Marie-Antoinette Tricorn

Research This here: is the gown I would like to reproduce. More pictures can be found at Costumersguide. Historically, this is a slightly wrong-shaped Caraco worn with a non-quilted petticoat over ruchings-decorated short paniers. The seams at the front, which probably result from changing a pattern that originally had a stomacher to one that doesn’t, […]

Analysis

In case you came here looking for the fabric that you can see on the skirt in the portrait: I have made a reproduction of that fabric available here on Spoonflower. And in case you’re generally interested in Tudor / Elizabethan reproduction fabrics, browse my Medieval / Renaissance / Tudor / Elizabethan design collection on […]

Hardwick portrait gown

In case you came here looking for the fabric that you can see on the skirt in the portrait: I have made a reproduction of that fabric available here on Spoonflower. And in case you’re generally interested in Tudor / Elizabethan reproduction fabrics, browse my Medieval / Renaissance / Tudor / Elizabethan design collection on […]

Planning

In case you came here looking for the fabric that you can see on the skirt in the portrait: I have made a reproduction of that fabric available here on Spoonflower. And in case you’re generally interested in Tudor / Elizabethan reproduction fabrics, browse my Medieval / Renaissance / Tudor / Elizabethan design collection on […]

Proportions

In case you came here looking for the fabric that you can see on the skirt in the portrait: I have made a reproduction of that fabric available here on Spoonflower. And in case you’re generally interested in Tudor / Elizabethan reproduction fabrics, browse my Medieval / Renaissance / Tudor / Elizabethan design collection on Spoonflower. Then […]

Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart’s cream gown This life size portrait of Mary Stuart, painted by an unknown and probably German artist and dated to the early 17th century, is hanging in Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe; the photo was – together with several detail shots – taken by me. I fell in love with the gown […]

Planning

Embroidery The planning on this gown started with the programming of the embroidery. This is how the embroidery looked in the preview of my embroidery programming software compared to the embroidery on the original bodice. Here’s a close-up of the bodice without any markings: I am planning on doing the embroidery with ivory and silver […]

Chemise

The chemise (See the bodice page why it just *can’t* look like this when it’s worn – the ladder lacing is missing) The chemise seems to be made of a soft, well draping fabric – look how nicely it pulls along the gathered pleats around the neckline. However, the sleeves have to get a little […]

Moretto’s Young woman

Moretto’s image of a young woman, painted c. 1540 Somehow – even if, again, those colors in the gown are so not *my* colors, this dress fascinates me. Hmmm, perhaps I will change the colors if I should ever make it – a slate blue with black or dark blue velvet, perhaps…? See how I […]

Planning

My planning started – as usual – by carefully observing the painting. I came to the conclusion that I would have to make six different items for this gown: The chemise The chemise is slightly ruched in the picture and is closed by threads at the front. The sleeves of that chemise are wide and […]