Alice the Huswyf wrote:But have you seen it on women's clothing?
to be fair, no; but then I'm hardly the last word on women's sleeve design.
Another variation is to shape the sleeve on the body but leave space at the elbow for it to bend into. I find this works better than just adding length, because of the size differential between upper arms, lower arms and elbows (which get surprisingly large in circumference when you bend them!).
The Moselund finds show evidence of this style of sleeve being used. Many of the garments exhibiting this style of sleeve are mens', but I find it difficult to believe they couldn't apply the technique to women, too.
Of course, you could also argue that having a sleeve so tight you couldn't bend you're elbows was a sign of status - "look, I'm so rich I don't even have to bend my arms
." (Not sure I'm convinced by that, though!)
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