All posts tagged: 1400s

Inspirational embellishments

It’s embellishment time on the Historical Sew Fortnightly.  Time to trim, ornament, adorn, frill, bedeck, garnish, festoon, and gild to your hearts content. It’s also time for a confession.  I have trouble with embellishment.  I like the idea of embellishment, I like it when I see it on historical gowns, but when I get a gown finished, but un-trimmed, I love the silhouette and simplicity so much I just can’t make myself finish the trim and change the clarity of line. So I’m hoping to use this challenge to finally make myself trim some of the un-embellished items I have sitting around.  And I’m hoping all these pretty embellished pieces reconcile me to some historical maximalism! Like Elisabeth’s fabulous lace trimmed ruff, bejewelled headdress, and garnished partlet and dress.  I’m not usually a fan of late 16th century fashions, but the ornamentation of her dress is so perfectly balanced with the simplicity of her face, and with all the other embellishments. Late 17th century fashion can also be a bit hit-or-miss, but this frock marries …

Striped Inspiration

I was planning to do inspiration posts for each Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge in the fortnight running up to the challenge, but I realise that defeats the whole purpose of posting the challenges weeks ahead and giving people time to plan for the challenge.  Instead I’ve decided to do inspiration posts when I announce the next challenge (a full 16 weeks ahead). Of course, first I have to catch up on all the challenges that are already up! So, over the next few weeks expect lots of pretty, pretty historical eye candy inspiration posts. Today I’m starting with some gorgeous stripes to get you inspired for the upcoming Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge: Stripes (#6), mostly because I already had the post written! I think the important thing to remember about the Stripes challenge is that there are many ways to interpret stripes.  Some people have bowed out of the challenge because they don’t like stripes, but I think that’s just silly.  Stripes don’t need to be bold, big, black and white stripes.  They can be as …

Rate the Dress: Margaret of Anjou in Romantic pink

Silly me!  Forgot to tally up last week’s votes on Pierre Balmain’s 50’s ostrich feather and diamantes frock.  As it turns out, you either like ostrich feathers, or you don’t, so the votes were quite divided, balancing out at 7.5 out of 10, which was a rating that absolutely no-one gave the dress.  Such is the Rate the Dress though! This fortnight’s theme in the Historical Sew Fortnightly is Under It All – making undergarments, and starting tomorrow I’ll be leading a Panier-Along as I teach how to make paniers.  However, showing you undergarments to rate isn’t that interesting, and I didn’t just want to show dresses worn over paniers.  Maybe I’ll do one of those next week! Instead, I’ve gone for something random: Margaret of Anjou being presented with the Book of Romance in a ca. 1445 illumination. Want to see that in detail? The young, beautiful Margaret, in the years before the disastrous War of the Roses, and while her husband still had some grasp of reality, is shown wearing an ermine-trimmed mantle of …