Period Pattern ™ No.46
Woman's German Puff-and-Slash, c. 1500-1545 A.D.
Includes patterns for 6 gowns and 3 shoulder capes, in sizes 6 - 20. These gowns should be worn over chemises from Period Pattern no. 90, and go well with headdresses from no. 52, capes from no. 92, and pouches and purses from no. 93.
Woman's styles in early Renaissance Germany developed from the Italian Renaissance styles but, like the German men's fashions, went far beyond the Italian creations. Cartridge pleating was used extensively at the waist, and guards (trim of a contrasting fabric) became fashionable on the bodice and skirt. The bodice evolved one version with a cut-away front spanned by a bust band of another fabric, below which the bodice was usually laced together over a plastron or over the chemise (Period Pattern no. 90). High standing collars became popular. Sleeves were slashed in many different ways, although less wildly than the men's sleeves, and different styles were tied, laced or sewn on. The bust band was also occasionally slashed.
The chemise showed under the slashes, and was often elaborately decorated when it showed at the neck. As with almost all medieval and Renaissance clothing, German Renaissance gowns could be plain and somber, or wildly colorful (especially among camp followers, the women who followed the armies).
Comments we've received on this pattern:
“A friend of ours made a wedding dress from your pattern #46, and I am impressed with the way it turned out.”before 3/2001
“I wanted a Cranach dress, & I bought (another company’s) pattern. It was (worthless). Hours woking with it and I couldn’t even get a workin mock-up 5 minutes with your German Renaissance pattern & I had a working high-colored mock-up. Thank you”.8/2012