The Seventh Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

March 1 to June 30,  2017



Western Australia


Hi, this is my third IRCC. Previously, I have made court style outfits. This time the outfit will be for a master craft person/artisan.

I have seen a few pictures with ladies wearing gowns with a diamond pattern fabric which is my inspiration. I aim to create a camicia, a gown with laced-in sleeves and a petticoat. As accessories I will be making an apron and partlet.

First Update

This month I made my underskirt, and started my partlet.


This would be made of linen or silk, but mine is made of cotton. The fabric was about 2.5 meters long, I cut a strip off for the waist band and then hemmed the ends and then pleated it, using the divide-and-conquer method.

The ends of the waist band were pinned, to the edges of the skirt and then pinned the middle of each together. Then on each side kept pinning the middle of each part until the sections where small enough to pleat.

Once the pleats as even as possible, the waist band was attached using back-stitch. A second line of of back-stitching was done as to create wide waist band. The waist band fabric was then folded over and whipped stitch in place.

The tuck was sewn in place using back-stitch, this was added to shorten the skirt and to help make it stiffer.


The partlet is inspired by this portrait, below. The embroidery on the two front pieces has been completed and the embroidery on the back piece has been started. The embroidery is in two strands of red DMC thread, lines are stem stitch and middle is line of cross-stitches.