atlascoughed (atlascoughed) wrote in garbncostume,

Set-in sleeves?

Hi there! Just joined.

I have an odd question that I'm hoping someone can help me with.

I got a book on historical costuming for the stage. The book is laid out by early/middle/late centuries, from Egyptian to Victorian eras. I noticed that, in the book, set-in sleeves (is that the term? Sleeves as we see on most modern tops, where they're cut separately from the body of the garment) don't show up until after the early 14th century.

Is this accurate? Was there suddenly some discovery around that time that made people say, "Oh ho! If I cut it this way, I won't have saggy armpits!" Or is this simply shown as it is in the book because the costumes are meant to be viewed from a distance, and the set-in sleeves are not required to fake pre-14th century garb?

Thank you for any help you can give. :)
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