As we have the wonderful Hispanic Costume as well as many reenactors doing Spanish fashion of the first half of the 1500s I’ve been just neatly putting my research into folders but I think I may have picked up on something not really widely appreciated. The problem is in where and how to share that.
I also have to get the courage to cut my fabric full stop.
It’s pretty daunting to be honest.
And just like my Anne of Cleves research it’s about starting with what is out there, crediting where needed and then taking people on my journey which actually isn’t a single path.
So my two BIG folders are about Anne (language, people, portraits, other art forms, social activities, roles… it’s a lot) and tailoring (manuals, masterpiece works, extant garments, guild documents) overlap so much.
But gold brocade is very much a fabric that has very different properties so that the weft causes big soft folds across, and disagonal cuts make the edge very mobile vertically.
So I need a stabilising fabric and a lot of tacks and basting to keep it to the shape and size I want.
So I need to do one more test run of my pattern which might change.
So maybe a post on the evolution of this particular gown is in the making. Because it sort of skims through and around past research.