As the embroidery was finished, the scary bit of cutting it down and prepare it for appliqué started.
Looking at extant examples of appliquéd embroidered pieces, they are often framed with a couched gold thread, like here. So I decided to couch some gold thread to frame my piece as well.
To give the sleeve that extra wow-factor I added spangles, and the effect on the dark blue wool was very satisfying. Like a stary sky above the lady and the shield.
What sources do we have for embroidered sleeves like this then? Well during the late 15th C the display of embroidery seems to be a fashion for both men and women.
The portrait of Hemma von Gurk by Siebald Bopp, around 1510,
is an amazing example of an embroidered sleeve.
|This man has an embroidered sleeve with spangles.|
The double portrait of Jacob Fugger and his wife Sibylle Artzt
by Thomas Burgmair around 1498 is another stunning example of an embroidered sleeve.
This pcture is where I found the main inspiration for the cut and shape of my dress.
And one can definetly interpret the golden dots on her sleeve as spangles.
I wanted a dress with a high neckline and something rather warm, for use on late nights outdoors or really cold events. So I used a really nicely fulled dark blue wool, cut it really simple in four long panels and with a high neckline and a large slit in front so that it will be easy to pull over my head wearing headdresses. The closures are replicas of a late 15th century one, with acorns, alluding to the ones in my arms, and a small oakleaf.