The Seventh Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

March 1 to June 30,  2017



Western Australia



I have been in the SCA a few years and this will be my third attempt at the IRCC. I have been sewing now for just over 3 years. I do not normally wear Italian garb. The IRCC is the only Italian garb I have made. Each year I try to improve on the previous year and also try something new.

My outfit this year is inspired by peasants' working dress. I know a few others have entered this in previous IRCCs but I wanted some garb that I could wear as the Chirurgeon.

I hope to make the following: Chemise - with embroidered collar and cuffs; Under skirt; Over dress; Apron; Hat; Coif; Necklace; Belt and a few other things (not sure what yet).

First Update

This is my third year entering and I'm still very much a novice in Italian and sewing. I have found each year something new to add to my skills. This year it is the leather work and hat making. I also intend on improving my embroidery skills by doing some more on my chemise and coif and my hand and machine sewing. I must admit I am enjoying this challenge again. I have started to work on my chemise, 2 different aprons and the coif. They will be in next mnoth's update.

These have been my inspiration paintings for this years challenge. I lost my job a couple of weeks ago so have been pretty down in the dumps and desperately looking for a new one. So this has enabled me to finish 3 items.

These photos are of the finished belt I made. I used raw leather and a recycled belt buckle and edging taper. The belt is long enough to wrap around twice to hold the apron up like in the example picture.

1. Bent the belt and roughened to soften the stiffness out of it.
2. Punched holes in it with a hole punch.
3. Dyed it using a leather dye. (Need to find name of colour. Sorry threw the bottle out).
4. Buffed it up using Dubin to seal it and give it some moisture protection.
5. Used rivet style holders to keep buckle in place.
6. Glued the tip edger in place.

My hat, from inspiration picture. This was made using raffia.

1. Bought raffia. Not sure how to make that stuff.
2. I was shown how to weave the raffia by hand by a local Aboriginal Lady near my work. I would spend my luch hours with her and then buy her lunch. It needed to be wet as you went along. This gave a tighter and more uniformed weave as it dried.
3. New lengths were added in individually and woven in from the bottom. So then the top looked neat.
4. It was then coiled like a rope and sewed together using raffia again. It also needed to be wet when doing this. So it would dry tighter.
5. Once finished it would be soaked in water and worn till it dried so it would mould to the shape of my head.

Blue bead necklace, finished. I went for a simplistic necklace this time like in the inspiration pictures. I used different size blue plastic beads and small silver spacers with a ring clasp. The smaller beads were put on first ending at a small silver bead by the clasp. After the 11th bead I went up a size for 5 beads with silver spacer. Then 1 large bead. Then repeated the opposite side so it was a mirror effect. I used commercially bought jewellery string.