Today's pictures are of a cotton collarless partlet that I made. It was inspired by this portrait of 'A Woman with a Heron' by the Veronese School.
The pattern is an adaptation of one of my favourite scrolling floral designs and is worked in DMC cotton floss. You will find variations of this design in most sixteenth century pattern books including Modelbuch Aller Art.
The design is worked mainly in stem stitch, with some seeding stitches and knots. All visible seams are handsewn, as is the purchased lace trim.
Collarless partlets and partlets with a very small collar at the back can be seen in many sixteenth century Italian portraits:
Portrait of a Family by Licinio
Portrait of Arrigo Licinio and his Family by Bernardino Licinio
Portrait of a Lady in White by Titian (1555)
Portrait of a Woman by Veronese (1560s)
Portrait of Titian's daughter Lavinia by Titian
http://www.wga.hu Portrait of a Venetian Woman by Paolo Veronese
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Veneto,_Bartolomeo_-_Portrait_of_a_Lady_in_a_Green_Dress_-_1530.jpg Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress by Bartolomeo Veneto
The partlet pattern was adapted from one made many years ago at a partlet workshop held by THL Katerina da Brescia. You can see her research here: http://katerina.purplefiles.net/garb/diaries/diary%20list.html