My name is Josie Welch and I am from Christchurch, New Zealand. I have been involved in the Society for Creative Anachronism since 2002 where I am known as Signora Onorata Elisabetta Foscari and reside in the Barony of Southron Gaard. I started to make an attempt at more historically accurate clothing in 2004 after receiving a postcard of Bronzino's Lucrezia Panciatichi. I have made a number of 16th century Florentine and Venetian gowns since that time. You can see some of my other outfits here.
For this challenge I want to make the dress in Bartolomeo Passarotti's Portrait of a Lady. This dates from around the 1560s and shows a lady (possibly from Bologna) in Northern Italian dress. I plan to make a camicia, a brocade sottana with sleeves and a green silk overgown. My accessories will be a zibellino, a girdle, a partlet and a set of hair jewellery.