Author: Margaret

Flemish Market Girl (v.2) a la Van Cleve

A few years ago, this painting started making the rounds of online costuming circles. It’s part of a series of six paintings in the Koninklijk Museum Voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp of a Peasant Wedding by Marten Van Cleve, sadly only on Flickr.  This is the last in the sequence, and this is the bride. Why the groom(?) is ducking out the window, I can’t say. Unfortunately, in every other image the bride is wearing an overgrown. So there are no images of what this dress would look like laced up. It does, however, propose an interesting potential construction method for the wide laced “Flemish market girl” outfits painted by Aertsen and Beuckelaer. (I have a Pinterest board for this style.) So I gave it a try. Since this was a proof of concept outfit, I made it by disassembling the over-gown from my original market girl outfit. (I no longer have any pictures of it, but it was made per the instructions on the Elizabethan Costuming Page.) The top is made of olive flannel because I was only able to salvage the skirt and the back of the bodice from the original dress. The skirt kept its original burgundy lining. I cut two slits into the skirt, tacked on the placket to extend the flap, and pleated the skirt back on to the new bodice. To wear it, the...

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Hello, everyone.   If you’ve been reading this site for a while, then you will notice that I’m a new face.   My name is Margaret, or Bridget Walker in the SCA, and I’m very excited that Karinne invited me to join her on a site I’ve read and admired for years. I joined the SCA in the early ’90s in a fit of Irish enthusiasm.   My early efforts were generally generic Celtic or English, with some, shall we say, creative choices.   I got more serious about costuming in the early 2000s and slid into the Low Countries as a “Flemish Market Girl” by way of Drea in Leed’s work on the Elizabethan Costume Page.  From there I started dressing like a woman from one of Pieter Breughel’s paintings, which served me very well through three pregnancies.   Finally, I returned to the market genre paintings, this time looking at the buyers, rather than the sellers. Currently, I’ve been exploring the genre paintings and the formal portraiture from the 1560s up until about 1620, when the fashionable silhouette changes.   Most of my work focuses on the one thing that really makes the clothing of the Low Countries stand out: the headdresses.   Karinne and I met through the Facebook Elizabethan Costuming group entirely due to our mutual enthusiasm for the huik.  I have also been experimenting with the little starched veils...

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