I was going for a mid-16th century Florentine look. These are some of my inspiration photos:
|Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of a Lady in Green (1528-32|
|"Eleanora of Toledo Renaissance Gown" by DecosaDesign|
|Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, Lucrezia Sommaria (1530-32)|
|Trystan L. Bass' Realm of Venus entry|
I made the bodice using this tutorial. I put boning along the center back opening, which ended up warping and bending all the time that I had it in storage. I wonder, if when I have the eyelets done, will I need boning there anyway? The rest of the bodice doesn't have boning, but I'm pretty flat so I don't think I need it.
I tried cartridge pleating the skirt--without the fabric's edge turned over to create two layers. To add insult to injury, I MACHINE SEWED the pleated skirt to the bodice. It was awful! But you live, you learn. I need to remove the skirt and re-pleat it, the correct way, and re-attach it to the bodice the correct way.
|Awful "cartridge pleats"|
|I also need to shorten the back waist by about an inch.|
|Weird fit on the bodice under the bust and around the straps.|
I had also made lower and upper sleeves. The upper sleeves are made of the same material as the dress. Both the brocade and lining of the lower sleeves were gifts from my aunt. I drafted them woefully too small--they can't even fasten!
|Oops! the one on the left doesn't even have the fabric's motif centered...|
|Lined with poly satin in a silvery champagne, a gift from my aunt.|
|They're hilariously small. Only the top loop fastens.|
I still have to:
-Make new lower sleeves
-Attach the skirt to the bodice, hem it, and add hem guards
-Pleat and attach the upper sleeves
-Add neckline decoration