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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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jenthompson
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! ;)
tayloropolis
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 :)

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