Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sleeve sources

The sleeves for the 12 Hour dress are really simple - big rectangles with an s-curve cut into the top.  They probably should be a little narrower than they are, as cut there are 2 pleats just back of the top shoulder, which does not seem to be a typical style for women's sleeves of the period (1410 or thereabouts).  Whatever, it's not unheard of and it hangs well, which is really the main thing.

As far as sources, here are two.  There are more, but these are the on-line ones that I used:

April from the Les Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry :

There is another very similar sleeve, but with dagged edges, in Bibl. de l’Arsenal, ms. 664. fol 47. which I cannot find a picture of to link to.  There is a picture of it here on page 7.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the post!

    I can see now why the sleeves looked very familiar yet not quite placeable to me - they're 15th Century. I'm rather more into the 14th Century but, of course, it's rather hard to miss Le Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry when looking for manuscript source images.

    Personally, I find them a little reminiscent of my favourite costume mystery, on some of the lady weepers on the tomb of Thomas Beauchamp and Katherine Mortimer in Warwick. That, however, is around the 1360-70 mark.