The Eighth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

April 1 to July 31, 2018


Raakel Vihavainen
Helsinki, Finland

My name is Raakel Vihavainen. I live in Helsinki, capital city of Finland.

I started sewing at the age of 11. As I started in SCA five years ago, I have been doing Finnish iron-age and 1400-century clothes for myself and my granddaughters. Last year I finished my first very simple Italian outfit. This will be my second try at Italian Renaissance.

I’m planning to sew camicia, drawers, underdress with sleeves and overdress. partlet, hairnet, pocket and muff are in accessory list. Blackwork embroidery for my camicia will be started this month.

First Update

I had been gathering materials for my Italian Renaissance dress for over a year already. So I needed to choose and decide on the materials that will make a good looking outfit together.

I started with the underwear. I cut the pieces for the camicia from thin linen, now I have sewn double gathering threads on the neckline and cuffs.

For the drawers I used cotton that used to be a tablecloth. The pattern is adapted from Janet Arnolds Patterns of Fashion 4. All the seams are hand sewn with linen thread. I planned to make blackwork embroidery for leg cuffs but ended up with simple red vine embroidery in stem stitch.

My drawers are done, but forgot to take finished photo. (Bella: Unfortunately, because a photo of the finished item was not provided, it cannot count as finished this month).

For the muff I bought a fur hat and scarf in white mink. I had to open all the seams and do some patchwork to be able to get a flat piece.

The red velvet is from a childs dress that I bought for 5 Euros, braids are bits and pieces from my stash. I used linen thread in sewing all the pieces together by hand. I sew velvet and braids with silk thread.