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I sewed myself an apron dress in three hours yesterday. I felt very pleased with myself.

images below, fair warning! )

I'm very proud of myself. Three hours from pulling out the fabric to hanging it up.
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I guess I'm starting a sort of dress diary about my current project over here. I am trying for once to fit a themed event, and not incidentally, dress like my SCA persona for the first time ever (sad, I know!).

Due to time and money constraints, I am doing parts of two different projects--a doublet from my favorite portrait of Isabel de Valois and a near-replica of a Spanish jerkin in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Eventually I'd like to make the entire Valois outfit, but I don't think it's happening by December.

Also some questions about beads/embroidery and some thoughts on a Spanish man's outfit from a portrait of Don Gabriel de la Cueva there.

(No actually pictures of fabric or project yet--next update!).
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So I'm still enjoying piling hurt on myself, and I've decided that what I need to do to get motivated about the green monstrosity is add another layer of complexity. To that end I am looking for some good instructions to draft a doublet-esque style bodice (such as this portrait of Maria de Medici by Allori). I don't want to use a commercial pattern, but am rather trying to figure out how to do it on my own.

Thanks ahead of time.
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If anyone knew of someplace I could find a higher resolution image of this painting: http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net/wardrobe/Lady1535.JPG

I would seriously owe them a debt of gratitude...

(I'm trying to figure out how the dress actually works before I put it on my list of maybe projects.)
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Is now up in my journal. You can find it at: http://alessandra-da-firenze.dreamwidth.org/3402.html

I also got a notice that Amazon shipped my copy of Moda a Firenze today, so I may have it Friday, which would be the most awesome thing ever.

(If people would prefer I cross-post than leave links, let me know. I'm just trying to save bandwidth.)
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(This is crossposted from my personal journal, but in the future I'll just be linking!)

I've been inspired by the burial dress of Eleanora di Toledo, although I won't be sticking strictly to it (I like my side lacing, for one thing).



fabric pr0n below the fold )
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I was thinking about what I wanted to contribute to Three Weeks for DW, and wandering around this community, and I had a pretty brilliant idea! I have 12 yards of green silk (dupioni) that really wants to be a nice summery Florentine gown, and this here alternate journal (I'm normally [personal profile] princess) in which to chronicle the making of such a gown!

I've checked with our mod, and she says it's cool if I cross-post/link my entries, so I wanted to let everyone know that in just a few days you can, if you like, follow with me as I create a very green dress.

(There may be auxiliary Dress Diary as I help a friend create her first Florentine as well...)
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I would like to make an Eleonora of Toledo-style 1540s Florentine gown, but I am deeply confused about baragoni. I haven't the first idea what shape they'd be before you put them together, much less how you put them together. Does anyone know of a good resource (article, dress diary...?) on how to make them? I've been searching and haven't yet found what I'm looking for.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] sca_garb.
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I finally finished my Elizabethan gown "in the Polish fashion" (closed with frogs)--I have been sewing on frogs a few at a time for months, since I hate it so.

It's loosely based on the Darnley Portrait and the Peace Portrait of Elizabeth I. It's my first attempt at a fitted Elizabethan gown and I'm still working out some problems with the doublet pattern, but overall I'm quite happy with it.

A photo! )

More commentary at my DW account (including what I'm going to fix next time around) and photos at my Flickr account.

I did make a necklace and girdle to go with it, but I couldn't find them before the event last Saturday (I finished attaching the frogs at 12:30 am the night before).

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