Free Patterns for 16th Century German Renaissance Clothing and Accessories

German-Renaissance-PatternsBelow is a list of my patterns and instructions for various 16th century German Renaissance garments and accessories. All patterns are copyright. If you wish to share with others online, please link to the entry.

honeycombApron – A simple apron with a honeycomb pleatwork band at the top. (Dot Templates: 1 inch—ideal for beginners, 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch, and 1/4 inch.)

Goldwork Gown – A wool and velvet gown with goldwork fashioned after the one worn by Dorothea Meyer, as painted by Hans Holbein in 1515.

brustfleck-detailCranach Saxon Court Gown – A velveteen gown with decorated brustfleck made famous by Lucas Cranach paintings.

Goldhaube – A silk, pearl, and gilt cap, made famous by the women seen in Lucas Cranach paintings

 Low-Neck Hemd – A fairly complicated smock with a pleated low neck with stem stitches and silk cords (Dorothea Meyer’s 1515 Hemd)

lederwams-gregorLederwams – A leather vest worn by German men in the 16th century

High-Neck Hemd – A simple, lightweight smock with a high neck in honeycomb pleatwork

Hosen – Wool and canvas (fustian) trousers worn by German men in the 16th century

 Paned or “Puff-and-Slash” Sleeves – One method of making the famous German Renaissance slashed sleeves without fraying.

Waffenrocket – A simplified waffenrock intended to be worn over clothing and armor like a tabard

Wappenrock (Tabard) – A good tabard pattern for heralds.

IMG_3071Tellerbarret (platter hat)

Split-Brim Beret (oversized hat with an upturned brim)

Steuchlein and Wulsthaube (bulge/mushroom hat and veil)

Other patterns I plan to add in the future: Schaub (coat), more headwear, and wams (male doublet). If there’s something you’d like to see, please leave a comment!

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4 Responses to Free Patterns for 16th Century German Renaissance Clothing and Accessories

  1. Cynthia Konow-Brownell says:

    Have you figured out the Grande Assiette sleeve on the Master of the Housebook dress? I’ve got all the components down, except for those stupid sleeves! Any help would be appreciated.

    Btw, well be at Pennsic this year….how about you? Your Tellerbarrett class was well received here, and we have a few more barretts floating around 🙂


    • Genoveva von Lubeck says:

      I have not yet attempted the Housebook dress. I saw you discussing this on Facebook — did you figure it out?

      Yes, we’ll be at Pennsic again this year! Would love to see you again! 🙂

  2. Severin Festschdermacher says:

    Unto Thea and Genoveva, I just came across this and wanted to help out. If I may ask, the sleeves in mention here, are the ones were it is noted ” not know what the slit is for or the dotted line”? If that is the case, the slit is where the underarm gusset is sewn in. Half the diamond is sew into the slit, the other half of the diamond is sewn in going down the side seam where it meets the sleeve. Corners are set at sleeve end and side seam(2), one at the bottom of the slit and the last is in the side seam. The dotted line is the top center of the sleeve (guide line). Your sleeve seam is positioned about the center point on the back and runs down to the wrist. This keeps the seam to the back of the arm, the end at the wrist can be left open 2-3 inches with a button or tie off at the wrist. Be cautious with patterned fabric, so the pattern is upright and seam is to the back on both sleeves.

    This is common in later period clothes to modern times, as opposed to earlier period where the side seam runs up and out the sleeve, staying under the arm.

  3. Rebecca DeGarmeaux says:

    I am looking for information on mourning clothing. I’m interested in learning about styles, headwear and for how long a woman especially would wear mourning.

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