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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).

No.46, view VI, no sleeves - CW, Cloisters, 2010
No.46 view I lower right neck altered and sleeves deleted
No-46, view VI, sleeves altered with undersleeves added; they are not a chemise showing - Pennsic, 2016
No.46, view I, neck altered - Pennsic 2016
No.46, view III, front option 1 - CW, Pennsic, 2005
No.46, view VI with sleeves from #26, view IV - CW, Pennsic05
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Gowns could be plain and somber, or quite colorful; they could be made of plain linen and wool or brocaded velvet with gold threads woven into the design, embroidered with silk or metallic threads and often with jewels sewn to the gown. The limit was whatever the owner could afford (and the sumptuary laws allowed!). It was more common to reserve the richer fabrics and decoration to smaller areas like trim and bustbands.

Comments we've received on this pattern:

  • Scott G, Show Low, AZ,“A friend of ours made a wedding dress from your pattern #46, and I am impressed with the way it turned out.”

    Scott G, Show Low, AZ, before 3/2001
  • JC, “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”.

    JC, 8/2012

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