Monday, September 13, 2010

Russian Clothes : Sarafan Dress

The Russian sarafan is an a-line jumper-style dress, worn over a rubakha, or shirt. While it is not definitively known whether or not it is period, some research opines that it is descended from the feryaz, an overgarment with long, vestigial sleeves and slits to put the arms through. It is theorized that the sleeves eventually went away and the resulting sleeveless garment became the sarafan.
The pattern outlined here is slightly different from that, in that it has straps rather than the scooped armholes that would result from the removal of sleeves from the feryaz.

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