Author: Karinne

Patterns for a Franco-flemish formal black hood

Once upon a time, in a post a fair way away I promised some measurements for the formal black Franco-flemish hood* that I constructed. This one to be precise: And lo, here they are: These measurements are for the following three items: A description of how I assemble this hood can be found towards the end of this post. *Called a French Hood in the historical costuming community, for reasons that I think are anglo-centric and historically incorrect. They appear in the Low Countries’ courts at the same time as they appear in the French ones, and the Burgundian court was lauded as the leaders in court etiquette and fashion at the...

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New resource: Women’s head coverings 1460-1530

Announcing: 31 pages of analysis and examples of women’s headwear between 1460 and 1530. (18MB, PDF file, click link to download) This is the handout from a class I taught at Rowany Festival in 2014. It covers eight types of headwear with images of each, an explanation of who wore them in what circumstances, and where I’ve made a version, how I did so. Keep in mind two things: My interpretation of the construction of the hovetcleet and the formal black hood has changed since this class. You can find these updated ideas in these posts: hovetcleet||black hood Most images are not labelled with an artist and title. The work to caption every image is what has held this up from being published for 3 years. So, caveat emptor, if you want to know where an image is from I encourage you to do a google image search, if you get stuck then contact me and I will try to help. I will try to have a fully captioned PDF up at some stage, but I have no idea when. As part of this work I pulled all my art books off the shelf and counted the types of headwear I could see in each image of each book. This gave me a graph of changes in fashion and particular styles over time and anchors the paper – by realising what style is...

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6 days of content

On the first day of content the Clothing the Low Countries ladies gave to me… An update on where they’ve been and an overview of the series Where we have been Hi! Well, the last 4 months have been a bit quiet here at Clothing the Low Countries, we hope you didn’t miss us too much. The end of 2016 caught us both by surprise in our own special way. Karinne got married, whilst simultaneously dealing with a few stressful months at work. Which meant that any down time was spent recovering and recuperating, rather than writing blog posts. Also, all her sewing mojo was tied up in sewing her wedding dress. Lessons learnt while sewing the dress: Modern sewing is easy after years of making renaissance gown French seams are the bomb! Ironing a bias wave into a sheer fabric sucks Knowing how to handsew when you have to is calming Margaret’s children started a new school, which has meant some re-adjustments to the family routine. She was also indulging (if that’s the right word) in her other geek hobby: US politics. So, understandably was QUITE distracted over the last few months. 6 Days of Content Series! Anyway, we’ve both had enough recovery time from those pursuits (we think), so expect content to start appearing again. Here’s the plan. 26 December – this post 27 December – Karinne’s...

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How to wear a Franco-Flemish outfit

(alternate title: Hey Karinne, don’t you own an iron!?) A few weeks ago I attended an event north of Sydney and wore an outfit that was the culmination of a decade of thinking and observation and making and testing. This one: I’ve written posts in the past on the construction of gowns like this. In fact this is the Gaudete gown constructed in 2007, and its dress diary is on this site. I’ve also written about a recent re-make of this gown, where I took its train off to create a “round” gown instead. I’m pleased to report that the removal of the train has been a marvellous success1. I now love this gown, it is  comfortable, it is well-made and when I wear it I feel like a lady of the courts or cities of Flanders and Brabant in the early 1500s. Success all round! However, whilst its construction is of interest to some of our readers, perhaps what I wear to create this look is equally of interest. Hence this article: what I wear to pull this look together. Note: I’m not going to be pulling up contemporary pictures to demonstrate my conclusions. You’ll need to look elsewhere to verify my conclusions. You could start with my pinterest board, of course. Getting the full view Before we go any further we should talk about what I am...

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Andrew Boorde: Low Countries Renaissance Tourist

Andrew Boorde, physician to Henry VIII, travelled across Europe in the 1500s and then wrote an ‘itinerary’ to help other travellers understand the people of the countries they’d be visiting. His book includes sections on the Low Countries and Low German speaking parts of Europe, specifically Flanders, Zealand & Holland, Brabant & Hainault, Guelders & Cleves, Julich & Liege, and Cologne & Bonn. I’ve taken these sections and compiled them into the one document for easy reading for us Low Countries researchers. Here’s the file: Andrew Boorde’s guide to the Low Countries. This file is an easy to read version of his book – a typeset version of the entire book on I’ve highlighted any section which refers to clothing, and written two pages on the context of his itinerary and how much faith we can place in his observations. It’s useful for anyone looking at food, coinage, language and comparisons of general culture of these counties. There are a couple of references to clothing, most notably for our purposes one of the only textual references in English to the huik, as well as frequent commentary that certain counties don’t change their clothes...

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