- Any good, inexpensive (preferably free) female Irish patterns anyone
knows out there? I am just getting started plus I am a poor college
student. Thank you.
- I'm sorry -- I hadn't realized that the mailing list is set up to
reply to sender, not to the list, so I accidentally responded directly
to Sarah (and she back directly to me). I'm returning the discussion
to the general list in hopes that someone other than me will have
On Dec 30, 2008, at 9:16 PM, Sarah wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM, Heather Rose Jones <heather.jones@...
> > wrote:
> On Dec 29, 2008, at 9:19 PM, Sarah wrote:
> Any good, inexpensive (preferably free) female Irish patterns anyone
> knows out there? I am just getting started plus I am a poor college
> student. Thank you.
> Could you be a little more specific? Patterns for clothing or
> embroidery? Patterns for any particular time-period? What level of
> historic accuracy are you interested in?
> I want to be as accurate as I can. I would also like to be earlier
> in period, the only things I can find seem to be late period. and I
> was hoping both embroidery and clothing, I want to learn and try new
Early period Irish is, by definition, going to involve a lot of
extrapolation and guesswork. What we have to work from are highly
stylized depictions of clothing in manuscript art, and some not
particularly specific descriptions in literature. There are
descriptions that suggest decorative needlework, but not much in the
way of solid evidence for any particular techniques, motifs, or
For published sources, Mairead Dunlevy's "Dress in Ireland: A History"
is an essential starting point (and quite affordable, currently in
print in paperback).
There are a number of web sites that tackle the questions of what we
know and don't know about medieval Irish clothing (although many focus
on the relatively late part of our period). One fairly reliable one
is Cass McGann's Irish pages:
That's a bit of a start, anyway.
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