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Period Pattern ™ No.41
Women's Italian Renaissance Gowns, c. 1470-1505 A.D.

Includes patterns for 7 gowns & 1 tabard, in sizes 8-18. Two gowns have v necks and split skirts, with underskirts, and stomachers, to fake an underdress. The underskirts and stomachers can be left off and be replaced by a real underdress. Four of the gowns have sleeves that tie on. These gowns should be worn over a chemise from Period Pattern no. 90, and go well with capes from no. 92 and pouches and purses from no. 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 within Italy, subtle but distinct regional variations were the norm.

Fashion for woman changed radically after 1460. Evolving from the houpelande (Period Pattern no. 26), the bodice was cut separately from the skirt, above the natural waist (sometimes well above!), and the bodice 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.

No-41, view V, sleeves altered - Pennsic 2016
No-41, view V - CAC
No.41, view VII, no sleeves - EG, Pennsic
No.41, view VII, no sleeves - big siser CW, Estrella, 1995
No.41, view V prototype, neck & sleeves altered - JB, in her big sister's gown, 1981
No.41, view IV with 9 ribbon tubes
No.41, view V, with sleeves altered, worn over view VII  - CW, 1998
No-41 prototypes, view III over view V underdress - WP, Germany, 1980
No-41, view VII without oversleeves - KS, Virginia, 2014
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The chemise (Period Pattern no. 90), decorated or not, also often showed at the neck. The sleeves could be slashed, split, or be in pieces 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. The gown, underdress, and tabard could be plain and somber, or wildly colorful; they could be made of plain linen and wool or brocaded velvet with gold threads woven into the design, whatever the owner could afford (and the sumptuary laws allowed!).

Comments we've received on this pattern:

  • Wendy R“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
  • Luanne R, Corvallis, OR,“A friend loaned me a pattern, Period Pattern #41, Italian Renaissance Gowns. It is wonderful!”

    Luanne R, Corvallis, OR, before 3/2001
  • Cheryl G, Farmington, NM,“I made a dress from it, and it came out beautiful.”

    Cheryl G, Farmington, NM, before 3/2001
  • Kathy C, Santa Barabara, CA“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
  • Charla P,“I think I had the best-looking costume there.”

    Charla P, before 3/2001
  • Jennifer W,“I currently own your wonderful Period Pattern no. 41. It is quite an amazing pattern…”

    Jennifer W, Jan, 2004

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