Mid 16th C. Satin Suit and Shoes

February 10th, 2011

I just posted a project writeup for a Mid 16th C. Satin Suit and Shoes. I’d created this back in 2008 (with a huge amount of help), but had done some significant reworking in 2010. Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Mid 16th C. Satin Suit and Shoes”

  1. Brad Says:

    I have a question about your Satin Suit. Is it possible can you sketch up a pattern for me on how your pants were put together? I really like how they are constructed, and I can’t find anything that looks as good as yours turned out.
    I was looking at the photos, and I was curious at the back near the top of the slops. you have some material that covers one of the strips of material? I can’t figure out what you are doing there. I would really appreciate it if you could tell me about how your constructed the slops, (pants). I hope you have the time to jot some information down for me.
    Great suit, extremely attractive looking, and the material is perfect. It really shows it off.
    Wonderful work.

    Best Regards,
    Brad Hoplock
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

  2. raisedheels Says:

    Hi Brad, thanks very much for the compliment! In truth, the pattern comes directly out of the pattern of Cosimo de Medici’s trunk hose by Janet Arnold’s “Patterns of Fashion 3.” You can find it here. If you don’t have a copy, I strongly suggest picking one up, as it is a wealth of information.

    Regading the panes (strips of satin), I’m not quite exactly clear to what you’re referring, but could it be the waistband for the trunk hose as in this picture? The trunk hose and doublet are both separate pieces (like jeans and a shirt) but they are tied together with the gold laces. The panes, gold silk taffeta shell, and linen innerlining are all sewn together, and then a waistband is added to provide a place to tie the doublet to it.

  3. AILEEN Says:


    I was just wondering about several details in your suit. It is beautiful. My friend and I were just admiring all the work you put into this gorgeous costume!!!

    First, where exactly did you derive your inspiration from? Your costumes are both intricate and fantastic and we wondered where you researched. Personally, I have been listening to podcasts, which are not really great for the whole visual portion the exercise, but still entertaining when you are doing monotonous work with your hands.

    And secondly, THAT CODPIECE. What made you want to make it erect? Was that the fashion? It certainly toes the line of bizarre, but is still incredibly in sync with the piece. After I write this comment, we are going to search the web very thoroughly for more information, about codpieces of the time. We are just super curious. So to save us the scaring you should get back to us.


    If you have anything you can share, like the painting your inspiration came from, or other such things, email me at the provided email.

    Lovely piece! Enjoy your day.


  4. raisedheels Says:

    Hello! Thanks for the compliments =) I’m happy to give you the run down – most of it is in the blog post, but I haven’t provided the details of Arnold’s suit since it’s a copyrighted work.

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