© For more information, more detail shots, and a
pattern for this shirt, see:
Janet Arnold, Patterns of Fashion 4. Macmillan,
it at @Amazon.com
This camicia is also pictured
in the Cunningtons' The History Of Underclothes,
also housed in the Met and ascribed to late 16th
century Italy. According to the Cunningtons, the
lower portion of the camicia is of a later date
(you can see the seam line across the body just
below the gussets), and thus it's impossible to
tell the exact original shape. Presumably it
looked something like a man's shirt - straight
panels of fabric. As you can see, it has a very
deep V-neckline, possibly meant to be worn with a
doublet-style bodice popular elsewhere in Italy.
It is gorgeously embroidered at neck, wrists,
sleeves and hem, although there is no description of it.
neckline would not be suitable for a recreation
of a Venetian style, but that's no reason not to
make one - I intend to do so, to go with perhaps
a Florentine outfit, once my embroidery skills
improve a bit....well, ok....a lot!