I’m a bit of a thrifted fabric junkie, and definitely not a novice to sewing. I tend to stick to historically inspired fantasy and “generic Ren Faire” costumes, though ages ago I made a Venetian-inspired ensemble (I blame the intoxication of Dangerous Beauty!) and have thrown some Italian influences into my Elizabethan-ish garb. This will be my second historical Italian, which I suppose makes me an Italian Ren. novice.
I found my primary inspiration for this outfit early last fall and started planning an entire mix-and-match wardrobe based on similar portraits, but it didn’t take long to realize my timing couldn’t be worse – I was working on losing weight, and my measurements needed to stabilize before I could make anything other than accessories. Meeting my weight goal coincided with the announcement of IRCC8, so I’m unpacking everything and reworking my plans to meet the requirements of the competition. As my finances are extremely tight right now, this will be primarily a stash-based project, which may occasionally mean sacrificing accuracy in favor of availability.
Layer 1: An embroidered pair of bodies; Layer 2: A black-and-gold sottana with sleeves; Layer 3: A black velveteen doublet gown; Layer 4: A zibellino and matching necklace & earrings set.