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German Saxon (Cranach) Gown

Just in case you don't know what the German Saxon (Cranach) Gown looks like, here are some examples.

Saxon Princesses Sibylla, Emila and Sidonia
c. 1535
Oil on limewood, 62 x 89cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
David and Bathsheba
Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1535
Oil on wood
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemaldegalerie, Berlin

Many more portraits can be found at Michaela de Bruce's website: The Frazzled Frau.

I will be using the patterns from Reconstructing History to make this gown and hat.


I have thinking about this gown for a while and looking for just the right fabric. At one point, I even thought about using the fabric that is reserved for the Flemish Peasant to make this gown. However, a couple of weeks ago, I came across these fabrics at Denver Fabrics.

The majority of the gown. It is really velvet in a color called Tawny Port. However, I neglected to copy the image of the fabric off onto my computer before purchasing the last of the fabric. The above color is pretty close.
A chenille for guards and trim.

Gold/black cross-dyed silk dupioni. Piping or binding.

I have not started this gown yet.

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