I am a high school English teacher by day and an SCA garb sewist by night. It is mostly in the last three years, however, that I have begun to truly gain confidence in my sewing skills. In the SCA, I play Celtic, Roman, and Viking, with only one venture into Italian Renaissance, so I am definitely an Italian Renaissance novice costumer.
I recently purchased Margo Anderson's Italian Renaissance patterns, and will use this pattern set to make a 1540 Florentine outfit. I plan to make a square neck camicia as the underwear layer. An underskirt in a gold/tan silk. A sottana in red cotton velveteen with velvet trim. A gold and pearl hair net and braided hair piece. Should I feel ambitious, I may make a partlet, under pants and girdle.