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Period Pattern 41

Period Patterns™ number 41
Women's Italian Renaissance Gowns
c. 1470-1505 A.D.
 

Provides patterns for 7 gowns & 1 tabard (sizes 8-18).  Two have split skirts. underskirts, and stomachers, to fake an underdress.  The underskirts and stomachers can be left off, replaced by a real underdress.  Four of the gown patterns have sleeves that tie on.

 

This pattern goes well with Period Patterns™ 90, 92 and 93.

 

The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries began in politically splintered Italy.  The age was humanistic, like the people themselves; the clothing was individualistic, competitive, even playful.  While there were broad similarities, regional variations were the norm.

 

Fashion for woman changed radically after 1460.  Evolving from the houpelande (Period Patterns™ 26), the bodice was cut separately from the skirt, above the natural waist, and became tight fitting.  Skirts could be gathered or pleated or neither.  They were often split in front to show the skirt of a sleeveless underdress, which could also show under a V-neck.  The chemise (Period Patterns™ 90), decorated or not, also often showed at the neck.  The sleeves could be slashed to show the chemise sleeve , and were often laced or tied to the bodice, rather than sewn on.  This allowed different sets of sleeves to be worn with one gown.  A sleeveless tabard was occasionally worn over the gown.

 
Comments we've received on this pattern:
  • It was the first historical pattern that I ever had, and I made a beautiful gown from it.  I would take your patterns over Simplicity any day because the fit is correct.”  Wendy R
  • A friend loaned me a pattern, Period Pattern #41, Italian Renaissance Gowns.  It is wonderful!”  Luanne R, Corvallis, OR
  • I made a dress from it, and it came out beautiful.”  Cheryl G, Farmington, NM
  • I really enjoyed all of the neat information that you put with the pattern too.  The historical information was interesting.”  Kathy C, Santa Barabara, CA

 
 
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