Sunday, May 8, 2016
BANANA! Early 16th Century Venetian Dress
I was originally going to call this the Strawberry Lemonade dress because it's lemony yellow with pink sleeves but then I watched Minions while sewing the eyelets...and I really want an indigo dyed linen apron to go with this now.
The dress is done in the early 16th C Venetian style a la:
I love this style. It's pretty, it's simple, and it's the sports bra of the Renaissance. I can still eat, move, bend like normal but I am in full period garb. The dress is out of yellow linen (it's a very period appropriate color. Think saffron.) and the sleeves are pink wool lined in gray linen. The sleeves are hand sewn but the dress is a mix. The skirt panels are machine sewn but I sewed them together by hand. The bodice seams you can't see are machine sewn but the neckline is by hand. I also gathered the skirt by hand because it's so much easier.
The dress is laced under the arms:
The back is slightly higher than the front. It looks much higher and longer in the back bodice area than it really is.
I can't wait to wear this dress! It's part of my Pennsic wardrobe.