I have been so naughty not posting on here as I should be, But you know, life gets busy.
I have been sewing, quite a lot actually. I have entered the IRCC for a 5th year in a row. I think i may be the only person who has entered all five years!
My outfit is based on this portrait of Maria de Medici, by Allori
I started by stretching my skills . I am not an embroiderer usually but I decided I wanted that partlet. So I sat down and drew up my simplified version of the design on the collar. It took me about 3 weeks but I finally finished it all, and added the pearls and gold lace. I am very happy with how it turned out. I changes the colours to purple and green, my favourites, and to match the lovely teal green silk I had selected for the over gown.
The chemise is a very simple design that I have used before. I have used cotton/linen blend that is nice and soft and doesn’t make me itch. I used a lace along the seams to give a little interest.
The under gown was made from a cream cotton brocade and has turned out really comfortable and I am so very happy with it. I have gradually made a pattern for myself that I happy with and that I know will fit each time, unless I lose or gain weight.
So right now I am up to make the over gown out of the scrumptious teal green silk that I have been hoarding for a number of years. Again I already perfected this pattern by trial and error on previous garments so I know that it will fit over the cream gown once it is done. I have lined the silk with a cotton fabric and two layers of canvas in between for strength, it will definitely be a gown for the cooler weather!
Basic construction of the bodice didn’t take long but so far to hand sew on the trim and do about 1/3 of the beadwork on the trim it has been 4 days of about 4-6 hours each time. I will get the eventually. This picture is before I started on the beading, the colour isn’t really true to life. I do love how it goes nicely with the partlet.
I still have a lot of work to do but I am confident I will successfully complete the IRCC again this year. And I will try to update a little more often 😉