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Elizabethan Progress

The Elizabethan ensemble is moving ahead nicely, though everything is taking longer than I think it will (ergh.  New periods.  So much research to do.  So many mistakes to make, and then unmake, or decide you just can’t fix)

I have made the most important step though.  I have an inspiration image!

Isn’t it glorious and fabulous?  And doesn’t it look very like all the stuff I’ve already made?

I love the sleeves.  I think they are the best Elizabethan sleeves I’ve ever seen.  And the diagonal bodice decoration is just delicious.

So, with a real inspiration point, I have decorated the bodice with yet more has-to-be-hand-sewn-on lace:

Red Velvet Elizabethan

And installed grommets in my lining.

Red Velvet Elizabethan

I’m rather gutted about the grommets.  I’d already sewn eyelets to the lining months ago, and when I pulled it out of the UFO pile I assumed I’d made a stupid non-period mistake, and took them out and did the grommets.  Then I went back to Arnold, and realised that all of the 16th century gowns Arnold has patterned fasten with hooks at some point or another, so the hooks were accurate, and were based on that.

Still, I never had any hope that this would be 100% period accurate, and she does pattern a girls bodice with lacing under buttons, so it’s not too bad.

And at least my gold trim looks quite amazing:

Red Velvet Elizabethan

I did trial the slashing seen in the inspiration painting, but cotton velvet/velveteen does NOT play well with slashing, even with various edge finishes.  My lace is so much bolder than that in Death & the Maiden that it’s probably a good thing anyway.

The bodice is completely finished, as is the skirt, and they just need to be joined.

Red Velvet Elizabethan

After that there are just the sleeves to go, and the main body of the garment is finished!  I’m planning to sew on the sleeve rolls, but have the long open sleeves attach with lacing, so they are detachable (and I’ve totally given up hope that I’ll have them done by Wednesday).

So now I’m working on sleeve rolls, and trim for them, and ruffs.

Red Velvet Elizabethan I don’t think I’m going to have enough red velvet to make the hat (sniff sniff) so it may have to be black, or red silk.

Death and the Maiden, British (English) School, c.1570, Oil on panel, 65 x 49 cm, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Death and the Maiden, British (English) School, c.1570, Oil on panel, 65 x 49 cm, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Plus, there is the mystery of the rest of her headgear.  What do you think is going on behind the hat?  An elaborately trimmed snood?  The under-parts to a French hood?

For now, it’s back to work for Fiss & I:

Felicity the cat

1 Comment

  1. Lynne says

    You drive that cat mercilessly, forcing her to lounge on so many garments. Look at her face -oh, the felinity!

    The lace looks wonderful. I wonder how people do/did get on, slashing velvet? I can see the problem. Both velvet and slashing were so popular. Someone must know. What a shame there isn’t enough velvet for the hat. But if you make it in black, you could use the ostrich plume. Happy thought. My guess for the hair underneath the hat is some kind of snood arrangement. Very pretty, too.

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