Cranach gown

Navigation for this part of the page: As the Cranach gown is shown in so many variations in all his pictures, I’ve decided not to make an exact copy of one of those gowns but take bits and pieces that I like best from all the portraits – and combine them in a single 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 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 […]