There is a $100 limit to spending, so choosing something I’ve had on my mind over the last few years makes a lot of sense, although may not be the most ‘wow’ thing in the world.
Here’s the basic information for the challenge:
- Layer 1: The skin layer. Create underclothes that someone from your selected time period would have worn. Examples include braises, drawers, smock, chemise, camacia, shift, gomlek, corsetry and so on.
- Layer 2: The main garment. Create the main garment from your selected time period. Examples include kirtle, gamurra, kosode & hakama, chausses, sarafan, bliaut, cotehardie, doublet, the toga and so on.
- Layer 3: The outer layer. Create a garment that would have been worn for warmth or formal occasions. Examples include ropa, saia, surcoat, jerkin, coat, peplos, kaftan, entari, a stola and so on.
- Layer 4: An accessory. This could be shoes, jewelry, a hat, stockings, a handkerchief, gloves, a suit of ruffs, an almoner’s purse, and so on.
Blue gown ( s )
It’s on the plain side, but I love, love, love this outfit. I have the perfect velvet and linen to do this outfit, and I’ve been meaning to do it ever since I saw it a couple of years ago. What makes me hesitate is the plain-ness of it…..for a competition, it’s not very flashy, but it would be so nice to have the ‘excuse’ to hand sew the whole thing.
I recently found the second portrait, and would probably ‘steal’ the sleeve treatment for the gown underneath; not only is the color scheme remarkably similar, but the neckline and sleeves would lend itself fairly well to the over gown. (I think…..)
|Carracci, Agostino. Portrait of Anna Parolini Guicciardini. 1598. Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie (Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz), Berlin.|
|Anguissola, Sofonisba. Bildnis Eines Paares. 1570. Oil on canvas. Uffizi Gallery, Florence.|
Blue velvet (coat
Embroidery floss (buttons, loops, trim on coat)
White Linen (camacia/sleeves)
Blue Linen (kirtle)
Brocade gown ( of some sort )
I really want to have a fancier brocade gown of some sort. I’m not sure exactly of what style, but something with lace and awesome accessories. Even if I don’t do this for the challenge, I’ll be doing this soon.
Vecellio, Cesare. Habiti Antichi, Et Moderni Di Tutto Il Mondo. In Venetia: Appresso I Sessa., 1598.
Various Green Brocades (gown)
Gold bits (belt)
|Lace (shoulders & partlet)|
Teal GownI’ve had this gown on my mental wish list for a very long time, and have had the teal silk in my stash for at least 2 years. I’m slightly worried about the off-the-shoulderness of it (which is why I haven’t done it yet), but the portrait has lovely accessories, and is of a type that not a whole lot of people do. I’d have to do some research on appropriate “Layer 3”.
|De Kempener, Pieter. Portrait of a Lady. 1530. Mixed media on poplar wood. Städel, Frankfurt.*|
Teal silk (gown)
Gold bits (jewelry)
Gold cord (couching on gown)
*Thank you to Hastings, who not only told me what my ‘lost’ portrait was, but about Google Image search! WAY better than tineye.com! (It’s Google, of course!)