Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Taking the plunge into the world of sewing...

I do not like sewing.  I can put a sailor to shame with the lovely expressions that fly from my mouth.  That said, I've decided that it's time to really put that to the test and make sure, for reals, whether I'm going to spend the rest of my life bribing others to do my sewing or if I will suck it up and do it myself.  It's kinda like when you say, "I hate onions" and people say, "Oh, but you just haven't had onions the way I cook them!"  So you try them, and maybe their particular flavor of onion isn't as foul, but it's still foul...or you taste, then think, "Wait, those onions I like!"

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)
                Garters (trade?)
                Veil & veil pins
                Fan (Venetian flag fan)
                Chopines (probably the least probable to get made, but one that I covet greatly!)


  1. Squeeeeeeee! Costuming blog (yes accessories and jewelry are SO a part of costuming!) And sewing? I'm so happy I could burst!

  2. Yaaay! So appropriate that you are my first follower! It will be much easier for us to brainstorm on here than through texts...

  3. Oh, also, the overcoat is a Zimarra, but referred to in English as simply an Overdress in Moda. So if you want to be schmancy, call it Zimarra. :D And we will be almosttweeners. Shazam!

  4. lol Yeah, I realized that right after I posted. We'll be two redheads in blue and gold...and we'll be FAAABULOUS! :D

    Zimarra! Ha! I knew it was a 'z' word, but kept getting 'zimirra' and knew that wasn't quite right. If I wasn't so lazy, I would've just trotted me lazy butt downstairs and looked it up, but you saved me from that trotting! hehehe