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Image of the Day - Jane Seymour v2
tudor ensemble 1
(Crossposted from my main blog: http://www.kimiko1.com/blog/?p=229)

The past few days I've been preparing a web page to use as a landing page for all things Tudor - well, all things Henrician Tudor, for an upcoming series of workshops in my kingdom on making Henrician/Tudor garments. This included gathering images into a few Pinterest boards, collecting my patterns, figuring out which books to suggest, and more. The page will debut after our first workshop this coming Sunday.

Today while re-pinning, I came across this image, which I honestly don't recall if I'd seen it before.

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Image of the Day - Jane Seymour
tudor ensemble 1
(Cross posted from my blog here: Permalink: http://www.kimiko1.com/blog/?p=120)

There are days when I get sidetracked into looking up an image. Today was one of those days when I was reading about the different types of blackwork on the Historic Hand Embroidery group. They hadn't posted an image of Hans Holbein's works that have blackwork embroidery, even though an alternate name for the one of the stitches used is Holbein stitch (aka Spanish stitch, true stitch, double-running stitch, line stitch, etc.), so I went hunting.

And that is when I found this image, but in wonderful glorious super huge sized Google scan of the original, located on wikimedia commons. You can see incredible details of not only her blackworked sleeve ruffle (which I often see redone as a cuff not ruffle - not sure why), but her smock square (the area around the neck) is done in white work! And there is this interesting little black dots along the edges of both areas.

The image here is a far smaller sized image as a place holder.

Click to go to wikimedia commons page for much larger image.

We are now discussing this image as we are seeing various details. As an example, you can see that on her English bonnet (mka English gabled hood), it appears that the golden geometric band portion is not a fabric brocade. Instead it appears to be either gold tubular beads with goldwork in between, or perhaps all in goldwork, done in smooth and rough/check purls. The only question I have is the white silk or fine linen?

I'm also seeing subtle details in how the edge of the hood is done, and even in how the gold jeweled ouches are far more dimensional than I had original thought (and than is usually recreated). I am now tempted to make up this bonnet in a more period fashion, but that is going to take a lot of goldwork now, and jewels, and more.

But for now, enjoy the image!

Image of the Day
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(Crossposted from the original blog post, http://www.kimiko1.com/blog/?p=79.)

It's been awhile, I know. Was busy finishing a project that I'll share soon. Also dealing with personal issues and taxes. I hope to post more on projects soon.

My first time wanting to share an image here with folks, I think. But it isn't often anymore that I get really excited seeing a new image. Today I was very excited to find this gem.

Flemish School
The Prodigal Son among the courtesans or Allegory of the five senses
Sixteenth century
Oil on board
Paris, Musée Carnavalet

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Short Gown project research
book research
Many of you voted for this as the next project, both on LJ and on FB (thank you for voting). So, twist my arm, this is what I decided to work on next. To recap, it is the short gown, to be worn over a long kirtle, as seen in David & Bathsheba, hopefully in silks in time for next 12th Night. This style is seen in a lot more images than I had realized (looking over my folder of those images). I'll hold onto all those for later, once I have done a full write up on this style of garment for Pentathalon (that is the plan). Btw, this may be a German or Flemish style with these sleeves, as the tapestry was created in Brussels, but the English did wear short gowns as well.

But I will share a few images, one of which you folks have seen before, the other two are new.

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Gold gown Gold gown This is the inspiration I'm working from for the Short Gown project (that you've seen before). The sleeve is masculine, but I'm finding other images that show such sleeves were worn by women (see below).

c.1503-08 working woman bodice
book research
While looking for other images, I found another working woman image from c.1500 that shows the backside of her bodice! Read more...Collapse )

But before I start that, my embroidery supplies came in today, so tonight I set up my embroidery project.

An image of a woman's hat.
book research
I just got a link to a new image, courtesy of ravenessdotcom, that I would like your thoughts on.

Here's the image link to the wga.
Grimani Breviary: The Month of August
Illumination on parchment, 280 x 215 mm
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice

Sadly, not as well dated as I would like, as fashions were shifting quite a bit from 1490s into the 1510s.

What caught ravenessdotcom eye was the lady's hat, which appears "like the back was pulled up like a bonigrace, and there is a netting caul underneath."

Thoughts, folks? Especially those of you who understand the late medieval styles - which I don't.

New (to me) image (The Tudors was period??!!)
effigy bodies
Today a fan of my site sent me a site of hers to look through and possibly link to, of Tudor/Elizabethan images (among many others). So I am going through the images to see what there is to see. Thank you Kathy!

Unknown Lady Reading c1520-40And there I find this interesting image (thumbnail at right), which I think is from Flanders somewhere (Antwerp, maybe?). Click on it for a larger view.

Remember all those times we snarked Showtime's The Tudors because of a lack of smock? And how sexy those women were in those smock-less dresses? Well, it seems they did have at least ONE period source for their look - even if it isn't an English image.

With this painting, I can guess the black fabric is velvet (eta: because of that shine along the curves, but matte everywhere else), and that it fits very very snugly to her upper torso. And if my eyes are not deceiving me, she's getting a nice shelf support for her ta-tas. I can only hope that she actually is wearing a smock and it just isn't visible in this image. I wonder if I can do similar in support for my next petticoat pair of bodies (or do I want to at my age?). But I am keeping my smock, thank you.

Looking at her left side shoulder area (your right side), this is also giving me some credence for the idea that the back of the bodice does come in at an angle to the front, similar to the effigy pair of bodies, only fully attached not just laced to the front. At least, that is what it looks like to my eyes. This is what I do in my Tudor bodices (TT also has this, as well as Margo's pattern), but seeing this helps me to think folks are on the right track, until we get proven wrong by finding another elusive back view image.

Double take?
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I was just going through images on my own web site, when I noticed something that hadn't really caught my eye before.

This image: http://www.kimiko1.com/research-16th/FrenchHood/1500/MarieMagdaleny.html
and this image: http://www.kimiko1.com/research-16th/FrenchHood/1500/MargaretTudorUnkn2.html

It almost looks like they are wearing the same gown, doesn't it?

What is the same or very similar:
The unusual fabric that is diamonds within diamonds (would love to know how that was created).
The way the upper chest is cut with the edge jewels and circular brooch? in the middle.
The French hood has pearl front billiment, and rectangular gold billiment pieces in back - but hard to tell from the two different angles.
The foresleeves are both pleated and similar in color.
The hair color is very similar. So is the style, but that's the common hair style of the time period.

What is different:
The turn back sleeve colors are different.
The necklace is different, although the black string thing is present in both.
The number of rings on her fingers, although in one I admit it is too small to tell if she is even wearing rings.

I am now wondering if this is the same sitter, possibly done by the same artist workshop? Maybe they were done from two different people working from different angles?

Hmmm.... thoughts folks?

btw, I can definitely prove that the Flemish had blackwork embroidery among their folks, as strongly noted in this image, from Flanders, c. 1525-40. Color but smaller version here. This is way more than I am interested in doing, but it is nice to see. So far, nothing on French women and blackwork, but then every portrait I have of a French woman, you don't see much, if anything of their undergarments. I did find one woman wearing what might be gold lace but it is very bold. I'll check my illuminations later.

French fashion woodcuts, c. 1570s.
book research
First off... something I posted last Friday on both Tribe's Elizabethan Costume group (on Riding Hats), and then on my Facebook links. It wasn't my suggestion for the book title, I just happen to find the online source for the images.

What I posted on FB was
"For my friends looking for men's French fashions, c. 1570s, there's a manual on fencing that has great woodcuts on what French men wore, with various styles of hats, doublets and breeches. To look at the woodcuts alone, click on "Images" on the left hand side (just above the icon for pdf). The woodcuts are very large in size. Sorry, text is in original French." (link here).
"Just in case it disappears from this link.
Author is Henry de Sainct-Didier.
Title (partial) is: "Traicté contenant les secrets du premier livre sur l'espee seule, mere de toutes armes"
Original link: http://www.bvh.univ-tours.fr/Consult/index.asp?numfiche=259 "

We are still discussing if the above info should be used for English sources, especially for the hat known modernly as a "riding hat" and patterned by Lynn McMasters (woman's arched tall hat version here). If you have any insight to period sources for that hat style (especially for women's wear), please join in and post your thoughts on that Tribe, or post here and I will copy your thoughts, with attribution, to there.

Pieter Brueghel's The Harvesters
handsewing, tailor sewing
Ok, since the link wasn't working for some folks, here's the painting I was looking at. It will take a few clicks to see the really big file I've uploaded.

The Harvesters
The Harvesters
by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, c. 1565.
from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Bruegel_d._Ä._100.jpg

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