1502 Swabian Silk Damask Gown
Kaisheimer Altarpiece. It is from 1502, painted by Hans Holbein the Elder, and the gown is featured on what is likely one of the donors or patrons who supported Holbein when this was being painted.
The skirt pattern comes from the Queens Servants book which is the perfect size for 54” wide fabric. It consists of two fronts, one back, and four “wheel pieces” to add circumference to the hem. My skirt is fully lined in white silk taffeta to give it body. Only the back is gathered, similar to the extant gown of Mary of Burgundy.
Everything I make is finished the same way: machine sewn inside seams, and hand stitched on the outside or anywhere it will be visible. Sometimes I will hand sew more if it’s going to be a pain to finagle it on the machine.