The Ninth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

April 1 to July 31, 2019


Krystyan Follansbee
New Hampshire, USA

I have been part of the SCA since I was small. I normally wear Elizabethan as I love wearing a farthingale. I have just recently started making my own outfits, I have never made an Italian Renaissance costume, but I am not a novice when it comes to sewing.

The outfit I'm intending to make will be inspired by the portrait of Saint Justina of Padua (right, top) by Bartolomeo Montagna painted 1490. Layer 1: camicia and bloomers. Layer 2: sleeveless petticoat. Layer 3: over dress. Layer 4: accessories. I will be making an alms purse, a set of jewelry, a fan, and a trinzale & coazzone but not the one in the 1st picture I will be doing the one pictured in La Bella Donna by Ambrogio de Predis 1493 (right, bottom).

(Updates listed in reverse order)


First Update: April Progress


Item completed this month:


I have finished the necklace. I used 3mm and 6mm glass pearls that are ivory in color and a pretty pendant.


Items started this month but not yet completed:

1. Bloomers

I started this month by working on the bloomers. I started by making the pattern using the research shown in the picture, I then cut the pieces out of white cotton. I started by sewing the gores in at the crotch followed by sewing the legs and butt seams, then did a simple turned hem on the front to make an opening, made a simple waist band and pleaded the material into it I hand stitched the inside of the waist band so the seam wouldn’t show. I’m using a simple twisted cord for the draw string. The only things I have left to finish are the cuffs.


2. Camicia

I also worked on my camicia this month, I used the directions here to cut it from white cotton and stitched the gores to the sleeves.



3. Under-dress

For the under dress I made a basic pattern for the bodice. The skirt of the dress is simply measure and cut, no pattern needed. I will be making a trial bodice to refine the fit.




The over-dress is being made from a lovely green fabric (I am unsure what it is made of) and a gold poly/cotton for the center panel, an assortment of trim, 4mm ivory colored glass pearls and a pretty pendant for the front of the dress.



For the alms purse I bought an assortment of embroidery thread and aidas cloth. Here is what I have gotten done so far, there are a few spots I need to fix before I fill in the background.



For the trinzale and coazzone (headwear) I have found the prettiest green velvet flocked lace. I will be using ivory and gold plastic pearls to cutdown on the weight and some other beads and jewelry bits to embellish the edge of the trinzale.


The lenza is a beaded black band that holds the trinzale and coazzone in place. I started by stringing all the beads and then I braided them together, and finished it by tying it to fit my head.




I haven’t started my fan yet, but I will be using the same green from my over-dresss and some leftover trim.