Saturday, November 15, 2014

Some beautiful paintings to inspire some summer sewing

Isn't it easy to get distracted when you should be doing something that you don't enjoy doing? It is the last month of the academic year where I am, and I have tons to do. But all I want to do is anything else! I am thinking about tourney dresses for next year. It gets so hot in the southern parts of Australia that a gown with removable sleeves is a very practical option.
Here are some lovely portraits for you to admire-

The Fruit Seller by Vincenzo Campi - from

(I love this outfit; especially the partlet.)

Ghirlandaio's Portrait of a Girl - from

(A high neckline will reduce sunburn, and front opening is always very practical.)

Ghirlandaio's Portrait of a Woman - from

(Very similar to the portrait above. I really like the little caul that she is wearing.)

Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni by Ghialandaio - from

(This ensemble is just gorgeous; love the sleeves, love the bodice, love it all! I wish I could do that hairstyle.)

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Ghirlandaio's Portrait of a Woman - from

(The partlet in this one is probably ideal for the Australian sun because the back of my neck always gets toasted.)

I am no closer to actually making a decision on what style to go with for a new tourney dress, but I have a lot of options to consider.


  1. There are a lot of red bead necklaces in all of these. I suspect they are mostly red coral (coral was supposed to protect against evil influences, as I recall).


  2. I have some lovely red beads for a future necklace too!