I have been sewing all my life and, in the past, have considered myself fairly proficient in Italian Renaissance costume. In the last five or so years I have sewn very little and what I have created has been more costume-related than historically accurate. I’m hoping that this year’s challenge will help to inspire me once more!
I am planning on making a Venetian ensemble based on those in “Mores Italiae”, being particularly inspired by this woman in blue. I am planning an embroidered camicia and possibly a pair of blue silk drawers for the first layer, blue silk gown for the main/second layer, a white velvet/brocade zimarra for layer three, and for the accessories I would like to make a veil, a partlet, and either a fan or zibellino. The materials are all from the stash, excepting the blue silk for the gown which is my sole splurge for this ensemble and on order.
For extensive handwork begun prior to the challenge’s commencement, I have been working on the embroidery for the camicia on the sleeve panels. The linen has been ripped into panels for years, but will still be trimmed to size once the challenge begins.