I am a novice to Italian Renaissance costuming. I have make one gown that is reminiscent of the style, but it was a complete accident when I made it. I was copying another woman’s garment I had seen at an event. I am not a novice in sewing but would consider myself fair to midlin in skill. I feel as though I have been sewing my whole life, but still have so much to learn. This will be my first competition of this nature, I am excited to see what I can accomplish both in a competition as well as a whole new discipline.
I would like to make an outfit similar to this image (see right). My plan is to make the smock first, and kirtle, and gown. At this point I have the goal, but a little uncertain as to what all the layers ARE in Italian gowns. So the plan is to start with the camicia, working on the embroidery. I will begin the embroidery tomorrow. The rest of the gown layers is a little fuzzy for me, so I do have some crash course learning to do this week to prepare the actual layers. I do think I will probably do a pocket for my accessory.