Posted by: Lucrece | March 4, 2013

Very late 15th / Early 16th century French Gown – Les Épîtres d’Ovide (Bnf ms français 874, 1498 et 1502)

I really like this gown.


So I made one.  That’s it:)

This is the hat – I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out

My Early French Hood

I don’t have a good pic to the dress unfortunately – in most of them I have a mantle over it – maybe someone else will have one.

Here I’m trying to figure out how to get up from my knees while wearing 15lbs of velvet, silk, and fur.

get up

Alex me dress cropped

me looking down

my cloak

Here I’m doing Dr. Evil for some reasonone million dollars



  1. Could you please tell me what closure you used on this dress? I can’t tell from the photographs. I’d like to make a dress in this style but I’m completely perplexed as to how women got in and out of them! Thanks.

    • It’s side laced using lacing rings. If you look at my Burgundian gown, also on this page, you can see how the lacing rings are done. Same idea for this gown, only in the side instead of the front (or to be accurate side-front since the opening isn’t exactly in the side but a little bit more toward the front). It’s a bit of a pain to get into compared to front laced, but it works.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I’m also curious about the headdress. Could you please tell me briefly the layers/construction method you used to get the right look? Thanks!

  3. I want to be you, just the 1570s version 😉 My laureling is happening January 10, 2015. I hope I look as lovely as you.

    • when it happens – post a link! I want to see what you make!!

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