I'm a textile artist and mother of four. I love felting and block printing and playing with fibers and textures. I've been sewing for almost 3 decades now. Thanks to the first IRCC and my decision to "just make one Italian gown," I have been having loads of fun researching and sewing Italian Renaissance dresses for going in 8 years now.
I have been wanting to do a dress inspired by Livinia Fontana's Portrait of Laura Gonzaga for some time. The gorgeous green and silver is so striking. I changed shape drastically a few years ago with extensive weight loss and have avoided doing heavily fitted clothing for some time, so I'm both excited and trepidatious to give the doublet gown a try. The plan is to do an embroidered camicia, a sottana, the veste, the hair net, girdle belt, and a set of necklaces plus possibly either shoes or gloves.