The Second Annual

Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge


April 15 to August 15,  2012


HOME ENTRANTS FINALISTS RESULTS


The Finalists




Caryn DeCrisanti
Connecticut, USA

Loved the slashed sleeves!

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

65
30
95




Christa Gordon
Colorado, USA

Gorgeous outfit, beautifully accessorised. I particularly love Christa's muff.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

380
475
855




Debbie Mac Rory
Dublin, Ireland

Those sleeves, that fabric - yum!

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

95
90
185




Hallie Larsen
Arizona, USA

My favourite part of Hallie's outfit (which is not in this photo) is the partlet - gorgeous!

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

60
0
60




Hannah Fuhriman
Wyoming, USA

Drool-worthy appliqué on the bodice, fabulous fur-lined sleeves, and embroidered details. Just lovely.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

130
190
320




Hastings Sanderson
Utah, USA

What can I say that will do this justice? A truly beautiful gown, admirably accessorised by a multitude of lovely and practical items. Love the shoes, hairpins and apron most of all.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

420
560
980




Heather Morgan
Washington, USA

Oh wow...the hand-woven hatband, the twisted velvet ribbon trim, the sleeve slashing, and most of all the miniature portrait necklace. Wonderful details!

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

110
200
310




Kelly Prim
Virginia, USA

THE best embroidery on drawers that I've ever seen - simply drool-worthy. The rest of the outfit is beautifully made and worn.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

80
60
140




Kim Byrnes

Western Australia

The lovely fabric used as trim on this gown makes the blue velveteen 'pop'. Beautiful colours and fit.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

20
10
30




Malinda Godwin
Arkansas, USA

This was hands down my favourite of all the over-gowns! The cut and fit is spot-on, and the hand made frogs top it off beautifully.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

45
70
115




Mandy L'Estrelle
Western Australia

Oh my...what an absolutely gorgeous colour scheme, and what a lovely over-gown. The whole outfit is terrific!

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

170
130
300




Margaret Roe
Maryland, USA

Love, love, love the under-dress. Beautifully made and fits wonderfully. I also love both the over-gowns.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

130
90
220




Paige Mattern
Nevada, USA

Gorgeous, gorgeous fabric. Love the way the decorative bands were used as trim - highly effective and evocative of the period. Lovely zibellino, and the feather fan is yummy and fun!
Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

140
60
200




Rebecca Marie Egan
Colorado, USA

I think what I loved best about Rebecca's outfit was the absolutely wonderful fit of the bodice on both petticoat and dress. Terrific stuff!

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

100
120
220




Susan Malovrh
Wisconsin, USA

Loved the partlet - Susan interpreted her inspiration portrait really well. Same for the upper sleeves, which are gorgeous. 

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

60
110
170




Tia Dixon and Keith
Pennsylvania, USA

When I saw this outfit I 'squeeed'. A cute-as-a-button baby (an IRCC first ), in a  cute-as-a-button outfit. Too cute! And well made too. 

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

50
40
90




Victoria Black
Queensland, Australia

Victoria set out to create an outfit inspired by the colours of the peacock and she has succeeded admirably in doing just that. It's colourful and fun and fit her beautifully.

Layer Points:
Handwork Points:
Total:

50
50
100

 


Prizes

This year we received two very generous donations for prizes.

 

This smocked camicia is made of cotton and smocked with cotton DMC Blanc. The smocking threads are left in place as in period (Arnold POF4) It is white on white and embroidered in a trellis pattern. As seen in portraits in Italy from 1520-1600. This trellis pattern when multiple layers are done creates a lozenge pattern. It is backstitched to strengthen the pleats (in case one thread were to break) It is ready to be embellished as the winner sees fit. Period embellishments were spangles (metal sequins), more embroidery or beads (pearls being the most common) Other embellishments have been gold couching, but as this is an undergarment it is not really recommended to add gold couching that cannot be transferred to another piece.

It is best seen below a square necked bodice and can also be embellished with a small pointed lace. Due to the nature of having it smocked as one piece it is difficult to actually square off the neckline. Pinning it into place was known. This has been made in a house with a dog and a cat. (mind you I am allergic to both and both are bathed regularly and fed Blue Buffalo which means less dander and little allergy problems) It will be laundered to winners specifications if the winner is allergic to certain detergents or softeners.

For more information, click on
insaneaboutgarb.com and go to Femke and the Friesian frock girl. We have done numerous classes on period smocking.

In service to beautiful clothing worldwide
Alaina Blackram (Lisa Phillips)

The Tailor's Apprentice is donating cash for up to 6 metres of fabric to the cost of a maximum of $AU20 per metre.