Jan 25, 2011

1560s Venetian Gown

to be completed by: 18 February 2011 for the Peacock Ball & Renaissance Revel on Saturday 19 February in Canberra, Australia.
Gown: red/gold cotton brocade already in fabric stash, lace for cuffs. Bodice to be stiffened with cotton duck, linen canvas and boning.
Underskirt: ?? over a corded petticoat
Partlet: silk organza with gold embroidery. Info on pattern here.

The bodice will be interlined with linen canvas and lined with linen, boned fairly heavily with plastic boning so that I won't have to wear a corset with it.  I am keeping a straight waistline at the back as shown in a similar fresco below by the same artist and the low square neckline popular in Venetian dress.

The skirt may be based on one of the fuller skirts in Patterns of Fashion with gored side panels, and will be cartridge pleated to the bodice. Note the contrast coloured underskirt?  

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