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Oh right, Costume College!  I thought that was like 7 months from now, but it turns out it is just around the corner!  Fun fact:  100% of my costumes, fabric, and sewing supplies are totally inaccessabile in the back of my storage unit!  YAY!

But there is one thing I didn't store, because I was worried about it being damaged, and that is 9 yards of a magnificent grey velvet.  You know what costume I've always wanted to do?  The Grey Lady from Harry Potter!  And hey, isn't the theme this year something about literature?  YAY!  Thank you fates, for smiling on me this once.

Yeah, but here's the thing:  I know approximately dick about anything prior to about 1740.  So....what the hell is this dress, anyway?

Is this Italian Renaissance?  I don't even know!  I always think fluffy sleeves = Italian Renaissance (how's that for some scholarly costume research, eh?), but I really have no clue.

Other funny things:  This dress is not Velvet.  Rowena Ravenclaw lived in the 12th Century, and I KNOW this isn't 12th century.  So I'm doing a totally inaccurate version of a costume that was totally inaccurate in the movie.  Lawlz.


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May. 25th, 2015 01:44 pm (UTC)
It's German renaissance. Look up painting by Lucas Cranach for ideas.
May. 25th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oooh thank you! Very helpful!
May. 25th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
That's what I was going to say too, def German
May. 25th, 2015 01:46 pm (UTC)
I love this idea! I think it is a German 16th century gown, like from that one artist, Cranach. (I guess that's another reason it's totally inaccurate - totally wrong country!) Jen Thompson did a version of the Grey Lady a little while ago (the only reason I remember this!), but I'm not sure exactly when. It's an awesome costume!
May. 25th, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
LOL. I love how they went all in with their inaccuracy. It is very freeing!
May. 25th, 2015 02:44 pm (UTC)
I know! The ironic thing for you is that I think the bands of trim are *supposed* to be velvet, unlike the floral stuff they've got!
May. 25th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)
I'll make a more accurate inaccurate costume!
May. 25th, 2015 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's 16th c. Saxon. There are even some patterns out there for these types of gowns if you want a cheat. I know Reconstructing History and Past Patterns both make them, but I have no clue if they are good or not. Here are some helpful online tutorials: http://germanrenaissance.net/free-patterns-for-16th-century-german-renaissance-clothing-and-accessories/

I'll be wearing my repro of this dress on Friday at CoCo this year - several of us are doing a Harry Potter theme. We could be dueling Grey Ladies! ;)
May. 25th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much- this is really helpful! I'll probably be wearing mine to the gala since this may be the only new thing I wear :)
May. 25th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
Jen's is amazing - I have to link hers to my page, which isn't 100% up to date. But lots of pics and other stuff: http://costumersguide.com/harrypotter2.shtml
May. 26th, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
This is going to be awesome - you are going to rock the Grey Lady!
May. 26th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
This will be so fabulous!
May. 27th, 2015 06:39 am (UTC)
Yes, Cranach is generally around 1550's Saxon. There are no surviving gowns of this type so there is raging debate as to how they are constructed. So, make it however you want! :-)
May. 29th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
I have had my eye on a Crannach for a long time! I cannot wait to see yours!
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