Date: 2009-07-24 01:04 pm (UTC)
One thing I noticed was that the sleeves were usually only worn (without another dress over, that is) in private situations. Prevailing theory that I've heard about Mary was that she was so distraught she didn't dress fully, or that she was a prostitute and may not have been fully dresses. Not *entirely* certain I agree, but she's almost always wearing them. Most of the other examples are in the birth room, a very private environment.

But, I've found a few that just can't be explained that way, so my theory could very well be incorrect.

I agree with you about the long sleeves. The most common style that I've been able to find (based on a sampling, of course) is a plain long sleeve. And then, of course, the V-neck gown for even more warmth over another couple of layers.

I've seen the laced-on sleeves, but never any evidence for it!

I read back through a few of your 15th century posts - very enjoyable! 14th century is so popular (and I do love it) but good 15th century discussions are a little harder to come by. :-)
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