The Eighth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

April 1 to July 31, 2018


Rhonda Neely
Californnia, USA

My name is Rhonda Neely from California, USA. I am 66 years old and know basic sewing but I am a novice to Italian Renaissance costuming. My sister and my daughter are very involved / interested in SCA. Entering this contest allows me the opportunity to learn more about medieval Italian fashion while improving my sewing skills and, more importantly, spend more time with my wonderful daughter.

My proposed outfit is inspired by studying the many beautiful images of late Italian renaissance women's fashion :

1. Corset / Pair of Bodies Underbodice - black & muted gold silk damask fashion fabric with black linen lining (and double cotton duck interlining) - side/back lacing; 2. Sottana Under-Dress with Detachable Sleeves - in arsenic green silk taffeta with detachable gold silk damask sleeves; bodice to be trimmed in black & gold; under-dress to be flat lined with cotton duck; 3. Zimarra Gown with capped sleeves in deep black cotton velveteen, trimmed in black & gold with gold fabric frog closures, probably lined with black linen; and, 4. Perhaps a fan or belt (or both) as the accessory.