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Lego Viking Woman

Posted because a friend is making this and needs to know if there should be side laces or a back lacing or what? She's got to get it done by 12thNight, so help, help!

It's a lovely gown, isn't it? I can't wait to see her interpretation.
[Edit: she's got a dress diary up. It is at


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Dec. 8th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Hi, I hope you don't find this weird, my not being friended to you. I am reading my friendsfriends page and saw this. I am making something similar for 12th night, and I am using front lacing and a pin on placard. I think I see a pinhead in the pic, a few inches up from the waist on the left side (her left, not the pictures left.)
Dec. 8th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I don't do Spain, but my guess from the time period would be side-back lacing...
Dec. 8th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
I would imagine that it is probably side back lacing. She could also conceivably get away with side lacing, but I think it would work better (and probably be more correct) with side back. With the hands where they are (and the size of the picture) I can't quite see what's going on with the waist. My copy of Anderson is 2 flights up at the moment. I'll try to remember to take a look tomorrow. Ping me if you need more info.
Dec. 8th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Hey, please note that the picture you have says it is a copy of a work by Titian. I think this is the original and a different view of the dress:

I'd also say two side back lacings for the closure based on extant garments.
Dec. 8th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Eleanora of Toledo. As was stated previously, two side-back laces. See Janet Arnold's "Patterns of Fashion," page 102-103 for picture of side-back lacings. Can probably also use the pattern for the bodice to which those drawings belong.
Dec. 22nd, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
It looks to me also like it has CF lacing with a placard covering the entire front, sewn to one side and pinned to the other is the easiest way. See Tudor Tailor, Henrician Court gown.

Kathryn of Oldenburg
Dec. 23rd, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
There's no one absolutely correct answer to this.

Fastest and easiest for your friend might be center back lacing---period.

Next easiest is *probably* a center front opening with a placard pinned in place. This does require sturdy pins, it should be noted. Sturdy fingers are a help, too, as is someone to help get oneself into this gown. (Seems as if that shouldn't be the case, doesn't it? I mean, it's front-lacing!)

It *could* be laced invisibly under the arm if there's an underarm side seam placed there.

It could be side-back laced on one side only (probably the left.)

Double side-back lacing, with two sets of lacing eyelets worked into the side-back openings (where the seams would otherwise be) will take *time.* When is the Twelfth Night event? Does the maker of the gown have the time to put in the requisite number of eyelets? And does she already have appropriate lacing to use in those eyelets?

If that's a copy of a work by Titian, then it's likely that the original sitter was not Eleanora of Toledo as someone has suggested, but rather Isabella the Catholic. That's certainly Isabella's hairstyle from the portrait Titian did of her (actually copied an earlier portrait, but she wanted her portrait done by Titian while she was still alive.)
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