Monday, January 11, 2010

A Brief History of Sleeves

Yesterday when I was asking about sleeves, it got me to thinking about sleeves and the eveolution of them. Did a quick search and sure enough there it was... "The History of Sleeves"
Here is a quick timeline of some of the hightlights of sleeves through [western] history. I found it interesting - but then again, I find a lot of things interesting:
- Early Medieval sleeve designs were generally cut in one with the garment, not set-in.
- The early Middle Ages sleeves were the dolman or batwing sleeve and they have reappeared at intervals since.
- The late 1400s displayed hanging sleeves that fell as long tubes nearly to ground level.
- Renaissance introduced an infinite variety of sleeves which were banded at intervals creating puffs which in turn were padded and slashed to display linings and undergarments.
- In the 1590s sleeves were padded all the way down but diminishing towards the wrist.
- By 1635 ladies' sleeves were three-quarter length, very full but unpadded, and were finished by elegant ruffles or lace cuffs.
- From the late 1600s onwards men's coats were tailored with fitting Set-in Sleeves which widened towards the large cuffs.
-In the 1700s sleeves for ladies' gowns were generally fitting to the elbow where they were finished by a deep cuff or, later, as pagoda or funnel sleeves.
- In the 1830s the puff sleeves became much larger developing into the leg-of-mutton sleeve, a style which was reintroduced in the 1890s.
- The raglan sleeve, with its sloping shoulder line, was worn for coats and suits from the mid 1800s century
- Fashionable in the twentieth century were the cap sleeve, just covering the shoulder and the bracelet length sleeve extending to about two inches above the wrist bone.

Check out the site if you want to know more (than you ever knew you wanted to) about sleeves!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great thanks! this was very hepful indeed!