Swabian Gown #3- update

01 Dec

Every once in a while I get to work on something neat for someone else. I am part of a team working on a Swabian dress for HRM Kiena of the East. My job is to assemble the pieces into a finished garment and create the undergarments and hat.  All of the sleeve beading and applique was done by the talented Barry the White.  Ismay and I worked on the bodice beading/gilt application.

The bodice for the swabian gown has been appliqued,beaded, pieced and stitched.  All that remains is to attach the pleated skirt and hook/eyes. And to trim all the little thready bits.


Posted by on December 1, 2011 in 15th century, German, Heraldic


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2 responses to “Swabian Gown #3- update

  1. Marianne Kienholz

    July 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I have been working on a simular dress for quite awhile. But, I am stimed by the asymetrical sleeve & bodice embrodery & beeding. Could you help to enlighten me as to why just one side. My thought is it’s a show of support for one religion over anouther, as there are some pic’s with the work on one side & then there are others showing it on the other sleeve. Marrianne Kienholz (facebook)

    • Alysten

      July 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      It is hard to say. It could just be preference. You will find bodices that are completely beaded with one or the other sleeve done. You will find, just the one sleeve. And you will find 1/2 a bodice and one sleeve. The motifs generally are plant and vines, with the occasional bit of heraldry. Bodice styles also widely vary. You get full collared bodices, ones with the peek circle, and ones that are scooped. There is a lot of guessing about this work. You will find a lot of fully beaded sleeves and bodices through out the German region.But the asymmetrical beading appears to be contained to the Swabian region of the HRE.

      This is one of my favorites As you can get really up close to the details.


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