Thursday, May 15, 2014
Elizabethan Jacket Progress
The lines are based on multiple Elizabethan/Jacobean jackets made between 1580 and 1615. I honestly think that some museums just give a general 1610 date because that's what other museums have done. We know, based on the inventory of QEI, waistcoats (jackets) were around and embroidered since the 1580's. We have a few extant ones dated to the 16th century though most museums seem to like to put them in the early 1600's.
I've collected a lot of extant jacket photos here: http://www.pinterest.com/isabelladangelo/16th-c-and-early-17th-century-embroidery/ as well as some other embroidery. I've also created a list of portraits showing ladies wearing the jackets here: http://www.pinterest.com/isabelladangelo/16th-17th-c-jacket-portraits/
What I've found interesting about the jacket portraits is that time and time again, ladies wore just as elaborate - if not more elaborate- skirts with their waistcoats. Some are of printed Indian cloth (popular during Queen Elizabeth's time) others are what look to be of saris - none are plain. Yet, normally, we see ladies who recreate these jackets - often beautifully- wear very plain skirts or skirts with a few guards. None tend to be as richly decorated as they were in period.
This was part of the other reason I have the dupatta up - I wanted to see about using it as a skirt. There isn't quite enough fabric so I think I'm going to use one of the saris instead. Or find a large dupatta.
The fabric I'm using for the jacket is very interesting.
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Posted by Isabella at 2:32 PM