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Many garments had attached sleeves as you find in clothing today, but there was also the option to have detachable sleeves that were tied, pinned or sewn into onto the dress when it was to be worn.

Different types of sleeves. Part of the research from Cathelina di Alessandri's reproduction 1480 wardrobe

I have many types of seeves. Some are more practical, some are more pretty.  Sleeves are a fantastic accessory. A pair of decorative sleeves can really enrich an oufit with a small outlay in time and cost. A simple pair can keep your arms warm while providing enough movement to do common tasks around the campfire.

My blue sleeves pin on at the shoulder.

1486-90 Domenico Ghirlandaio Birth of St John the Baptist detail Sleeve detail from a gamurra in Cathelina di Alessandri's 1480 wardrobe

The seam on the lower arm is only sewn every few inches, allowing the camicia to show through.

My pink sleeves are sewn on at the top of the sleeves. This leaves the underarm open allowing greater movement with a fitted sleeve.

Sleeve detail from a cioppa in Cathelina di Alessandri's 1480 wardrobe post 1480 Portrait of a Young Woman BOTTICELLI, Sandro

My blue sleeves are very fitted. They are made in two parts and sewn together on the inside elbow which helps aid arm movement. The embroidery on the cuff is done in silk thread.

1488 ghirlandaio_tornabuoni Sleeve detail from a gamurra in Cathelina di Alessandri's 1480 wardrobe

Because these sleeves are so fitted I will often wear them on cold days as I can fit them underneath the seeves of my warm woolen gowns.
They tie on at the shoulder with single loop bows.

1495 depredis  Sleeve detail from a gamurra in Cathelina di Alessandri's 1480 wardrobe. Fingerlooped silk ties in a single loop bow.

My burgundy sleeves are decorated with gold silk thread and amber beads.

Embroidery detail on sleeves Cathelina di Alessandri's 1480 wardrobe

My green sleeves are are fuller in the sleeve cap and the fullness is taken up with cartridge pleates giving a nice shape to the upper arm.

1465 Portrait of a Young Woman Sleeve detail from a gamurra in Cathelina di Alessandri's 1480 wardrobe

The cuffs are decorated in goldwork embroidery.

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