Italian 15th century working class outfit

The gown is all hand sewn from a thin worsted wool. I used linen thread for most of the seams, but silk for hemming, and button hole silk for the lacing holes. 

Without apron:

The construction of the gown is, like my light green damask gown, based on the partly preserved gown of Osanna Andreasi. The bodice is lined in two layers of linen, and to give some extra support the front edges have a row of hemp cord sewn to them on the inside.

The sleeves are sewn to the back of the armscyes, inspired mainly by this painting by Sandro Botticelli:

The apron and caps are both linen, of different weight. I used a straight piece of fabric for the apron, though I think that a gathered one, as seen on this painting by Ghirlandaio would have looked better.

But there are many more images of straight aprons, so I decided to go for that.

A green apron over a white gown on Frncesco della Cossa's Allegory of March

And a wonderful manuscript with lots of aprons, which all appear to be ungathered: Giovanni cadamosto da lodi's "Libro de componere herbe et fructi" from 1471

Aprons are good for carrying stuff :)

The cap is based on several portraits of Italian women from the last quarter of the 15th century:

Portraits by Ghirlandaio

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