The Realm of Venus
St Paul, Minnesota, USA
Costumer and Renaissance Faire
A Florentine Gown in
the Style of 1500
I learned to sew when I was about 9 but didn't take much interest in it
until I was about 18. My first major project was a Victorian corset for the Victorian society's 12th night gala. Most of the costuming I've done
has been Victorian, but the Italian Renaissance is what got me interested in sewing again in the first place.
This costume came about at the request of my sister-in-law. She was a
bridesmaid in a wedding that used the Simplicity "Ever After" pattern as a dress, and she asked me to make up an Italian costume as well so I
could go with her to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
| I started by doing a
lot of Research online, especially at Jen Thompson's "A Festive Attyre"
I made the camicia out of hanky weight linen and used the
instructions from her site.
portrait is Raphael's The Woman with the Unicorn, 1505, Galleria
loved the color combination.
|| I used Period Patterns #41 as a starting
point for the dress, which is also linen, trimmed with velvet. The dress
laces up both sides and I made a tie on pocket to go with, just for ease
of carrying things at Festival.
originally made the round sleeves like in the portrait, but then
decided that I really loved the earlier, more fitted sleeves with
poufs of camicia sticking out, and as I donít currently plan to make
another Italian gown, I figured Iíd make a pair to go with this
dress as well.
|| I made the underskirt from a length of sari
Detail of the
caul and velvet trim
of the sash.
Yummy! Lovely colour combination, trim and
accessories in a style of Italian Renaissance costume we don't often see done,
and done so well at that! And doesn't it look great on her! Brava Gwen!
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do so at Gwen
(at) princessharold (dot) net
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