1490s Sleeves

I wrote a bunch of this in January, then, apparently, forgot all about it.  This is not the 1490s fashion draft post I thought I had waiting!  Anyway, some sleeve talk.

This project consumed a lot more of my time and attention than I expected, although some of that actually went to starting a new job.  (Also, the dress was not the only project I was doing for the same deadline!  I’ll post some of the writing I did as part of the same project at some point too.)

But, for now, here are a collection of portraits whose sleeves I studied to determine the proper way of closing detached, open sleeves in and around the 1490s in Italy, plus some side commentary about necklaces.  Note that this is not a representative sample of common styles, or of the full range of sleeve options, just a selection of portraits that could teach me what I needed to know.  Except the weird back of shoulder shape.  I didn’t figure that one out.

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1490s Sleeves

Yearbooks, 1930s

After I read through four copies of 1930, I found out I didn’t need to read multiple copies of the same year once I’d determined there was a complete and intact copy.  Also, I wanted to increase my speed, and fewer pictures caught my eye, and also yearbooks without page numbers left less idle focus for sightseeing when I was trying to determine completeness by alphabetic continuity. Yearbooks with page numbers I could buzz through very quickly if I wasn’t also doing costume research, so the decades I don’t expect to be reenacting went by pretty fast.

So… After the thoroughness of the 1920s, here’s the early 1930s.  Hair gets less interesting to me, but the necklaces get pretty excellent.  (This trend fading is a lot of what made my interest wane.) Continue reading “Yearbooks, 1930s”


Yearbooks, chapter 2: 1920-25

The early 1920s.

I think I mentioned, my focus in these was mostly looking for 1920s hairstyles (for young and stylish people that aren’t theater or folly performers) that might be useful for my medium-length non-curly hair, in a decade when the fashion is for short and super curly or artificially waved. So if these seem not quite like the classic flapper ‘dos you were expecting, that’s why! Continue reading “Yearbooks, chapter 2: 1920-25”


Yearbooks from a small town

For work, I had to read through a whole lot of yearbooks, to make sure the collection was complete and ready for digitizing. I snapped pictures of pages that caught my eye, but I generally did so quickly so as not to slow down the process too much, so the quality varies. At least in the earlier years, much of my focus was on styles for longer hair, as personal costume research, although I also paused for interesting jewelry, especially nice-looking people, and interesting text.

Here are my selections from before 1920– the collection actually started in 1914, but I guess I hadn’t thought of taking pictures yet. (1915 and 1919 are missing.) Continue reading “Yearbooks from a small town”