Being a somewhat superficial researcher, paddling at the shallow end of the vast amounts of information available on oh, so many things, the tendency is to choose a bit of this, a little of that along with a side order of the other. The resultant product being something that never existed at all. As long as we take this vital snippet of information on board when viewing any of the blog, hopefully no-one should be lead too far astray.
Above are details from some of the pickings through the available image info on the web and I also dipped into images in various printed publications – all used very loosely in the designs for the Gossips’ clothing: lace and loops, bum rolls and skirt frames, embroidery and bows, flat and filmy headgear, feathers and frizzy or ‘beehive’ hairstyles, eg: Anne of Denmark in last portrait above (Wife of James VI/I).
I think all three of the doll kits or parts thereof are from items that used to be stocked by Mary Williams – I’m unsure because I bought them almost at the start of working on the project. I needed ‘people’ around the rooms I was/am building to get a feel of size, shape and general personality of the place. Lace, feathers, beads and buckles etc, are either from old hoardings from way-back when or current purchases at Heverbell Miniatures, Buttercup Miniatures or Bluebell Miniatures.
It’s been a consuming job so it’s time to try to stand back a little and have a look-see.
I like the rearrangement and resizing of the sitting room and the opening on to the stairs. Much better than the closed box I’d originally planned.
General ideas fine(ish), execution, not so much. Although I’ve got a little better handling wood and can occasionally produce something cleaner of line without the slightly grubby, over-handled look, there’s still a need to work on simplification of line and trim for the little people. More discipline with detail and less abundance might help, though I reckon the third figure shows more definition in both line and styling. Ah, but is it repeatable? Dun dun dun dah …
The ladies are sitting by a window overlooking the main street – or they would be if I had built it yet, so perhaps that should be the next move, but first I must tone down the feather fan holder from tacky gold to something a little less.
Other info sites
Embroidered jacket examples and reconstructions
Historical Information re costume
Patterns of Fashion 3 – The cut and construction of clothes for men and women c 1560-1620 Janet Arnold, Macmillan
Patterns of Fashion 4 – The cut and construction of linen shirts, smocks, neckwear, headwear and accessories for men and women c 1540-1660 Janet Arnold with additional material by Jenny Tiramani and Santina M. Levey, Macmillan