I'm a textile artist, modelbuch researcher, and mother of 4. I've become a bit obsessed with Italian Renaissance costuming over the last decade and have been sewing for at least 30 years, so I don't get to call myself a novice even though I constantly find myself starting from scratch. Finding new challenges is the best part of this activity.
I'm planning to do a version of the dress in Guilio Romano's 1531 "Portrait of Margherita Paleologo." The 4 layers will include an embroidered camicia, the pink/pale scarlet sottana, the black velvet strapwork gown, a balzo, a lapis paternoster, a necklace, and a pair of gloves.