HNW - 15th/16th c. embroidery

Frank Thallas hardcorps at
Fri Mar 23 00:40:26 PST 2001

  Have you taken a peek at Netserf?  They have links to zillions of period
pics - maybe you can find what you're hunting there.
   Then you can show us the picture, and we can all start on the same page!

who thought "houpelande", but that's too far on the OTHER side

> I did actually mean the late 1400s and early 1500s, I thought about it for
> awhile before typing it out to make sure it was right. =) The RenFest I go
> to is mainly Elizabethan but it's not just one year or decade.  Costumes
> really vary and I'm just doing it for fun.  I've tried to find out about
> what year they base it on, but they just say anything goes.  Which is
> definitely true from what I've seen.  =)
> I can't convince my husband to wear a codpiece =) and the costume he has
> agreed to is around 1480.  I'm awful with the names for everything, I just
> can't remember precise definitions and people's definitions seem to
> conflict.  It's basically a long pleated robe that should be done in a
> patterned fabric.  However, I was lucky that I could even find some silk
> my area to special order (and it took a year to find), locating a
> fabric is impossible much less in the right color.  I was hoping that I
> would be able to embroider a pattern onto the fabric so it would look like
> patterned fabric.
> I was a costume design major, actually it was a Humanities major with an
> emphasis in theatre costume design...would you like some fries with that?
> Anyway, all we did was look at pictures to get the silhouette and essence
> a period.  I can design, draft, and sew this costume together and it will
> look good, but without the trims and detail work, it still won't look
> period.  I can't find clear enough pictures to know exactly what I am
> supposed to do.  I had a few books come in but most of them are still
> than what I was hoping for.  Maybe I will just change the costumes to be
> later...
> I write too much.  Bad Avien.  *slaps wrist*  =)
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