Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The plan for the man

I am lifting another sketch from my archives for Dennis' outfit. The style will be similar to something I worked on for the King of Artemisia to wear in December. The basic lines will be very much like this portrait. I've been in love with this outfit since the first time I saw the portrait. If you look closely at it you can see simple lines of what I assume is embroidery vertically on the outfit. There are simple straight lines and what look like either beading or just small ovals of satin stitch. I'll be doing that on Dennis' doublet as well. The doublet will be brown velvet with burnt orange embroidery.

His under-doublet will be burnt orange silk, modeled after this one...of course, because every person who does 16th century man's clothing makes this doublet at some point. There's a good's because it's a wonderful doublet!

Here is the overall plan for his outfit. The left side is the over-doublet/jerkin type thing. The left side is the underdoublet. I drew out several different cutwork patterns so we could discuss options. He decided he likes the simple verticle lines, so that's what we're doing. The left side of the pants was my first attempt at drawing panes and...well, it's not so good. Just look at the right side. :)

For over this the original plan was a half-cape, but then I started falling in love with these coat-type thingies (I don't know what they're called). I'm going to shop around for fur and if I can find enough at a price I want to pay, then I'll make one of these, if not then it will be a half-cape with either embroidery or applique around the edge.


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If you look at the waistlines of most 16th century doublets, that of the Tailor included, the waist at the side seams ends at elbow length, and then the front panels dip down lower. The waist on your sketch looks like it's going to end at the modern hips/waist where we wear our pants today and throws off the look.

Also, the many trapezoidal skirting tabs at the waist does't come about until the very very very end of the 16th century and is almost distinctively very early 17th century in styling. So if you're going for an early period look (like 1560's, early 1570's like The Tailor), the trapezoidal tabs throw off the look as well.