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Unread 03-30-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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What are they wearing?

http://images4.fanpop.com/image/phot...-2000-1333.jpg

I've been wanting to make something like this for a long time, but I always have trouble when it comes to the top. I've never been able to find anything like it.

Is it historical or at least historically based? Anything to help get me on the right track would be much appreciated.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
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Looking through those photos, the women's clothing all looked pretty 16th century German but the men's clothing less so. That first photo especially was probably just vaguely renaissance inspired. Historically accurate men's clothing tends to look silly to modern eyes. Also you don't really see pants on anyone noteworthy until the French Revolution so there's a clue towards modern reinterpretation.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 05:57 PM   #3
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That's why I came here to ask. The clothing in the show wasn't nearly silly enough when compared with all the historical clothing I found pictures of.

Now if it is a modern reinterpretation where's the best place to start in reproducing it?
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Unread 03-30-2014, 11:34 PM   #4
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Modern patterns. Look for things with roughly the right outlines and add/subtract stuff as needed. If you squint, things sort of fall into place. That top is just a fitted sleeveless button-down with the collar cut out and squared off, and with the sleeves truncated a couple of inches with straps added. The only fiddly stuff is fitting the torso and arms snugly, which you can do pinch-and-pin alterations on easily.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 01:01 AM   #5
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Are you asking for the women's gear? It's not too bad, and is actually very Venetian but c1490s. But the patterns are pretty modern in fit and feel.
http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly...analysing1.htm
http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly...rtgallery1.htm

There are a few modern patterns that will do the trick
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Unread 03-31-2014, 02:49 PM   #6
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I'm looking for the men's wear.
but thank you for the links.
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Unread 04-12-2014, 12:08 PM   #7
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Cesare Borgia was a real person who lived in Italy during the Renaissance era. The style is Renaissance, with modern fit. A modern commercial Ren-Faire costume pattern would probably give you what you need.
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Unread 04-12-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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He might have been a real person but unless the OP wants to deviate greatly from the pictures... yeah... there are no words for how not-remotely-historical that costume is.

And that's okay ! I don't think it's bad that they didn't go full historical. However, looking at actual Renaissance Italian patterns is not going to get any closer to that.

I agree that a RenFest-oriented modern commercial pattern might be useful as those are also at the most only very slightly tenuously historical in origin for the most part. :P

OP, for the top in particular if you're willing it would be a very easy project to try drafting yourself - as another option.
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Unread 04-16-2014, 09:09 PM   #9
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Historically accurate or not, I've always just really liked the look of the costumes, so I'd like to keep it as close as possible.

If I were to draft the pattern how would I go about that?
I don't have a lot of sewing experience.
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