Period Pattern ™ No.43
Men's Italian Renaissance Garments, c. 1420-1500 A.D.
Includes patterns for 3 doublets, 3 shirts, 3 hose, 2 codpieces, a giornea or tabard and a cioppa or gown (sizes 36-48 included).
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.
Men's fashions began to evolve around 1420. The cotehardie (Period Pattern no. 23) became the doublet, first cut with a waist seam, then rapidly shortening to waist length. Sleeves were often tied or laced on, and a sleeveless under-doublet was sometimes worn as well. A shirt was worn against the skin, and separate hose leggings, tied to the doublet or under-doublet, became joined at the back (a modest codpieces were worn to cover the opening in front). The houpelande (Period Pattern no. 26) became a robe or gown opening down the front, worn open or shut, and often belted. A tabard could be worn instead of the robe, and young men often wore the doublet alone. As with almost all medieval and Renaissance clothing, doublets, giorneas and cioppas 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!).