I am hoping to make it to Midwinter Coronation in July. Now I need to plan for what I will wear......
I have a real dilemma- there are so many dresses I would like!
Heading into winter, I try not to plan anything big because my health problems are always much worse during the colder months. In a normal year, I am lucky if my health problems allow me to make two or three big garments like coats or dresses.
|Lorenzo Costa's Portrait of A Lady with A Lap-Dog|
I really like Bianca Cappello's style. I love most of her outfits. The only thing is that I tend to get really hot because of my health issues, so these layers might be too much. Plus the ruff may not be the most practical accessory for a busy day and night.
I really love the coat below, and I have some very similar fabric to this in my stash. But I don't think I will be able to make the coat and underdress in time. One day I will own this ensemble though. I guess I had better add 'learn reticella lace making' to my long-term plan...
Now, this one would look much better on me in a darker colour. I like the sleeves just as they are. The only problem is that I think this style would not hide my belly as much as I would like. Also, I certainly couldn't get those sleeves done in time. There seems to be some intricate decoration in the white sleeve panes. Embroidery? Maybe one day this will grace my wardrobe!
|Possibly Isabella de Medici and her son by Allori (1574 )-http://aneafiles.webs.com/eleonoraditoledo.html|
Here is a different version of the same picture (from the same site).
I like the 1530's big sleeve/big hat combo, and I think it looks OK on me, but I won't have time to do this sort of ornamentation. I probably won't have time to make a new balzo either. Plus, I did this style last year.
|Lucretia by Lorenzo Lotto - lucyvivante.net|
|Bordone's Portrait of A Woman with a Child (1530s) - kunst-fuer-alle.de|
One day I will own a version of the two dresses below.
|Bernardino Licinio's Portrait of A Woman - terminartors.com|
|Another 'Portrait of A Woman' by Licinio - terminartors.com|
I love this dress too, but the decorative features would take far too long to make it achievable this year.
|Bronzino's Portrait of A Young Girl With A Prayer Book - allpaintings.org|
Finally, I think this is probably the most realistic Italian style for me, given all the limitations that are restricting the project. I could add an overgown for the feast in the evening. I really like the parti-coloured dress, but not for this event. I won't do a reproduction; I prefer to use a portrait as a reference and an inspiration but to change colours and decorative elements to suit my personal taste, style and budget.
I haven't put in any images of loose Elizabethan coats; that was the other option. I have several loose underkirtles and many accessories ready to go. The only thing that was putting me off about that option was the fact that I really need to wear a hoop skirt to make the Elizabethan 'frocks' or loose coats look nice, and I think it will be a crowded event.
I will have to think about it a bit more....