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An Italian Renaissance 1440s man's outfit.

Blog note: Sadly I chose a too early period so couldn't enter the inaugural challenge. 

I did, however, make most of the 1440s man's outfit, but have yet to blog about it, I will, when I get more time :) 

In the interim I have entered the 2012 challenge, and been accepted, and you can follow my progress here.

I was a late entrant to The Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge, I took the place of a withdrawn entry. Sadly, as I did not read the rules correctly (a very bad habit I have!) and I had to withdraw from the challenge.

I chose a period that was too early sadly :) 

However, all is not lost, I still intend to make this and to send it to The Realm of Venus for the Italian Showcase once it is complete.  My challenge to myself is to complete this by the end of August.

I will update as I go. (Ed note: oops, fail!)

To celebrate the 10th anniversary Bella has issued a challenge to create a complete outfit in four months from the skin out. Details are on here : The Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge. The competition started on the 21st April and its now the 22nd of May, so I am going to have to move my sewing stumps!  The competition ends on the August 21,  2011

Bio: I've been sewing since I was five, I was taught to sew by my mum who taught me the way she was taught, so consequently I have a repertoire of vintage and historical sewing techniques in my tool box. I've been costuming for the last 10 years, I am a member of the SCA, Dismal Fogs, though not very active, and I play in later time periods as well, mostly Regency, SteamPunk and 1940s. 


"Pope Celestine III (c.1106-98) Grants Autonomy to the Hospital of Siena"
Project: My partner needs an outfit to fit her male personna for the Italian Renaissance. I am working on recreating, the elegant young man in blue above. He is taken from Domenico di Bartolo's "Pope Celestine III (c.1106-98) Grants Autonomy to the Hospital of Siena".

I will be making a camica, mutande, farsetto, calze, giornea, and, hopefully, a mantello, but that might be pushing my luck!


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My costumes and gowns

Rudi with hher owner who is wearing my cothardy and veils
19th century underwear


1890's sports outfit ~ bloomers
Medieval maidens
1890s walking outfit on left
Regency bucks. Helped student make the gold jacket and made entire outfit on right
Blue Regency gown


1880s bustle gown


Recreation of a Madame Vionnet gown from her 1929 collection




 'Mad Men' inspired 1950's ensemble






Late Italian Renaissance 
as seen on 
The Italian Showcase of The Realm of Venus 
Italian Renaissance website
Italian Renaissance chemise, linen, hand and machine stitched
as seen on The Italian Showcase of The Realm of Venus Italian Renaissance website

Italian Renaissance gown circa 1490's
 as seen on The Italian Showcase of The Realm of Venus Italian Renaissance website

A Burgundian gown, medieval period

Show girl Can Can skirt, circa 1880's with modern adaptations

Winter Magic 2010: Right is J-L in her Highland garb all sourced from second hand shops, Left is me in my 1880's bustle, bloomers and jacket with modern leg warmers (knitted by J-L)and other accessories

Monk's outfit based on a medieval 'T-Tunic'

Back of monk's garb

1920's tango dress from a FolkWear pattern, linen fabric

Regency 'buck', shirt, vest and jacket made by me, trousers purchased but are period correct. Lulu is to the right on lead

Early Italian Renaissance on right and Celtic Highlander on left


A simple wool cotehardie, 'a truly remarkable garment, through out history there are few garments as special as this one. For this was the first tailored garment in European if not world history. Before the cotehardie most clothes were some kind of variation on a bag with sleeves and a hole for your head.' http://www.theweebsite.com/cotelande/index.html

A cotton velvet bliaut with silk lined sleeves


Me in my velvet bliaut, J-L in her chocolate brown bliaut (made by me) and two friends in borrowed garb

My rope corset, the most comfortable corset I have ever made

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Realm of Venus Italian Showcase - in November 2011

I've been featured once again this year in the November Italian Gown Show Case on the Realm of Venus , this time with a late Italian Renaissance gown made for my friend Maria in 2009.

I am extremely honoured to again be placed with so many fine 'living history' couturiers.

The sleeves of this gown are also featured in all my publicity for The Tailor's Apprentice.

Make a gown similar to this in one of my classes, it would make a fairytale wedding gown in white velvet, with seed pearls and other semi-precious stones on the sleeves and bodice.

More images below, enjoy!









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