inaugural Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge ran from April to August
this year in celebration of The Realm of Venus' tenth year online.
It was the first Challenge I had ever run, and a lot of fun for
not only the participants, but for me too. It was very popular, so
much so that it inspired the Artemisian
Costuming Challenge. But a four month-long
sewing challenge such as that can only occur once a year. Thus was born the
Italian Renaissance Costuming Mini-Challenge: a one-month long challenge,
the theme of which is voted on by those who participate on my Facebook Page.
The first Mini-Challenge was the 'Idle Hands' challenge which ran
in October 2011.
theme is 'Over and Above'. The aim is to create one or more items
of outer-wear, such as cloaks, capes, mantles, robes, loose and
fitted over-gowns, etc. Large (i.e. body-encompassing) veils, and
parasols, will also be allowed.
The item must be started from
scratch no earlier than February 1, 2012. You have from now until
31 January to register as a participant. For information on how to
register please see the
image: Portrait of Bianca degli Utili Maselli and six of her
children (Rome), c1604 by Lavinia Fontana, Sothebys.