Now I am ready to make the bias binding to decorate the bodice, and decide on what I am going to do about the lacing.
My inspiration portraits have hidden lacing.
St Ursula (also known as Woman with a book) by Carpaccio- denverartmuseum.org
Portrait of a Lady by Carpaccio c. 1495 - wikipaintings.org
But I have a large bust, so I am thinking that I might be better served by eyelet holes for extra strength. I do have some lovely lacing rings for a front opening bodice, but I am not sure they will be strong enough.
There are many examples of front lacing dresses from Italy and surrounds that would work:
(See also http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/91.26.5)
|Ghirlandaio's Portrait of a Lady - en.wikipedia.org|
|Portrait of Constanza Caetani by Fra Bartolomeo c. 1489-90 from|
|Ghirlandaio's Portrait of A Woman - artcyclopedia.com|
I am thinking that this type of lacing (below) will add strength and be unobtrusive. I hope the horizontal lines won't ruin the look of the gold bias decoration.
|Portrait of a Young Woman by Ghirlandaio c 14885 -|
|Portrait of a Girl by Ghirlandaio c. 1490 - from wikipaintings.org|
|Profile of a Woman by Botticelli c. 1480-85 from|
|Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni by Ghirlandaio- from wikipedia.org|