The Tenth Annual Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge

April 1 2020 to January 31 2021


Hastings Sanderson
Utah, USA

I'm a textile artist, researcher of 16th century embroidery and pattern books, and full time mother of four. I've been sewing for basically my entire life. I did the first IRCC and it helped solidify a love of Italian costume. I learn something new with each outfit I make and will never be an expert, but I am well beyond novice.

I have had the knotwork dress worn by Margherita Paleologo in Guilio Romano's 1531 portrait as a dream dress for several years now. It is held by the Royal Collection Trust and displayed at Windsor Castle.

My current plan includes:

  1. Camicia with pink embroidery
  2. Pink silk sottana
  3. Black interlaced overdress
  4. Balzo with pleated veil
  5. Slippers, garters, and stockings
  6. Necklace and earrings
  7. Belt with tassel
  8. Lapis rosary
  9. Gloves
  10. Calze

Depending on time issues, (or if I decide I just hate the balzo) a petticoat, feather fan, soccacia, or handkerchief might find their way in as substitute items as I have supplies for them but they aren't part of the portrait unlike most of my other planned pieces.