Greetings, once more,
In addition to all the garb that I'm currently building, I was just lucky
enough to be able to acquire 4 lovely new gowns. Three are Italians and one
is Flemish. I did not expect any of them to fit, but of these 4, all fit
surprisingly well considering that they were not made for me. Of course it
helps that gowns tend to have very forgiving skirts!
At any rate, suddenly I'm scrambling to be able to wear Italians, for which
I will be building chemises, a set of sleeves or two, and of course some
headdresses. The only area for which I have a concern is headdresses. I'm
looking for ideas that will be compatible with 1470's-1480's Italian
(Ferrara). My hair is baby fine, stick straight, and difficult at best.
The only good thing it has is length - just above waist-length.
I have a sweater, found in a thrift store, that is a gold-tone yarn with
gold metallic in it. It's also more like a mesh, though not overly open,
than like a regular sweater knit. As soon as I saw it I found myself
thinking cauls or snoods. There's enough in the sweater that I can
experiment and still make another piece of the first experiment isn't good.
I've been looking at images on-line, but everything seems too complex for my
limp, lifeless hair. While the Italians did not take to veils like the rest
of Europe, that did have a wide variety of different looks. The snood idea
seems like it may be a bit late for these gowns, but I might be willing to
go with it anyway, just to have something that I can handle on my own. I
have not seen any images or articles discussing the making of a snood
appropriate for Italians, and am really uncertain about construction or
I do like this image,
rger.jpg, and could maybe fake the hair, but what is the headdress itself?
This is interesting, but I'm a fumble-fingers:
with some fake hair added in?
This is pretty late - could I get away with it?
I can't help but think that this hat really needs to very bulky dress and
I've also taken a look at this page, as it listed 'Italian caps' on it's
Hats & Headwear page: http://www.palacegallery.net/coifs.htm
I don't think that a plain coif would be appropriate, though I do have some.
There is a basic 'Juliet' cap, which I know I can make. After that there
are snoods or 'nettes'. The first is, I'm sure, the one that everyone sells
at events, at 3 for $10. They don't strike me as very period anything,
largely because of the shiny yarn. The last two though are intriguing.
Beaded or Metallic? Maybe, if only they had them in stock!
Ok, back to digging with my Google shovel.there's an answer out there
somewhere - If only I can be sure that I'm asking the right question!
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