I happen to know some really wonderful seamstresses. I continually find myself standing in awe of their mad sewing skillz! One in particular, my fabulous friend Noelle, has suffered through my sewing angst in the past and, amazingly, she's still willing to teach me!
Now, to the meat of the matter: Recently the Artemisian Costuming Challenge was issued. The challenge is to create at least 4 layers of costuming, from the skin out, before the end of the year. I talked to Noelle and she is willing to help me with the sewing aspects...she is a GODDESS!!! I figure that when I feel my head's going to explode or I may get violent, I'll attack the other aspect of the challenge: accessories! I like making accessories! Jewelry is my forte, but my little zibellini are fast catching up. :) So, here's my proposal:
Inspiration portrait: Portrait of a Lady by Agnolo Bronzino c1550
1st Layer (underwear): A linen camacia (solid neckline) with white blackwork (is that the correct way to phrase that?). I'm trading making jewelry for the embroidery. Linen from stash.
2nd Layer (main garment): A side-back lacing kirtle. Yellow brocade from stash.
3rd Layer (outer layer): Zimarra (thank you for reminding me of the correct term, Crystal!). Blue cotton velvet from stash.
4th Layer (an accessory): "An" accessory??? Haha! I'm definitely planning on at least the girdle belt, necklace, and probably earrings (even though she's not wearing any).
Zibellino (stone marten, gold annealed head, clock in forehead...yes, I can document the clock!)
Linen drawers (with more white blackwork on them, possibly with a cheeky saying in Italian)
Stockings (either in linen or silk)
Veil & veil pins
Fan (Venetian flag fan)
Chopines (probably the least probable to get made, but one that I covet greatly!)