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1480s Italian Giornea Overdress

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drawing giornea

Jacquelyne Aubuchon 2014 after Domenico Ghirlandaio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to Renaissance costuming, one piece that almost immediately comes to mind is the Giornea.  This dress was the top most layer worn over a house dress and a chemise.  It is often sold at fairs and festivals as a starter piece for the women’s wardrobe.  The first medievalish costume I ever bought was one of these dresses.

An excellent artist to look at when considering your overdress is Dominic Giorlandio. 

This is a simple tabbard like garment.  Open at the sides, it is worn belted or loose.

Click here for pattern. Women’s Giornea Size 6-18.

 

Bibliography:

Dressing Renaissance Florence:  Families, Fortunes, and Fine Clothing. Carole Collier Frick, The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science, 2002.

Dress of the Venetians.  Stella Mary Newton.  Scholar Press, 1988.

Late 15th Century Italian Women’s Gamurra

Festive Attyre: Florentine Dress: 1475-1500

Sophie Stitches; 15th Century; Italian Gamurra & Girnea

 

 

Children’s Gi

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Here is the small children’s version of the Gi pattern.  My sons had a great time in these this Halloween using them as costumes.

Pantsless Jedi

3 year old paduwan without pants!

As you can see there are additional layers over and under this gi top.  For this costume I made a little dickie that looked like another layer underneath the gi top.  Since then I have learned that you can use a rectangular piece of fabric to the same effect.

This website about Kosodes is very detailed and informative.  I learned a great deal about some geometric construction in Japanese clothing here.

Here are the Children’s patterns:

children’s gi

children’s gi pants

I wish I were closer to my Tae Kwon Do Master and could continue to train.  I really miss it.  Good luck and as always, if you need help, please contact me at jacquelyne@sew4cons.com

Me at a martial arts tournament long ago

Gi Pattern for Kids

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This weeks free pattern offering is a Gi pattern for boys and girls.  This past Halloween both of my kids wanted to be Jedi.  If they want it, it must become so.  I’m a terrible sucker for making them costumes.

Jedi Costume

My seven year old paduwan!

One of the fundamentals of this costume is basically a Karate Gi.   Having spent years of my life wearing one, I decided this would be a very easy pattern to accomplish.  Today’s free pattern is a boys and girls GI sizes 7, 8, 10, 12, and 14.  Pants, and toddler sizes are on the way.

This does not include the “armor” pieces or the cloak.   I will include those later on and do a tutorial on how to put this costume together.  Both my kids were completely in love with it.  They wanted to sleep with them and wear them on errands.

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Pajama Pants

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I receive a lot of requests for drawstring or elastic waistband pants.  These are very functional and look fine under the Medieval Style Tunic posted a few days ago.  I’ve used this pattern for many different costumes, most recently Jedi outfits for my kids.  Today our free pattern offering is for generic Pants pattern.  The instructions are for pants with an elastic waistband, but putting a drawstring in is just as easy.

The only real change for women would be in the length.  This should help all those people out there tracing pants and being frustrated with fit.

If you would like a custom version of this made, I charge $25.  You can contact me at Jacquelyne@sew4cons.com with your request.  I will let you know what measurements I need.  I can send the file in pdf or on paper.

Picture of pants sold at Nordstrom

Women’s Medieval Style Tunic

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We have a men’s style available, so here is the women’s version.  The main difference is the length of the dress and the sleeves.

womens medieval tunic