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.