Year: 2014

Venetian Zimarra

I have seen many loose overgowns or coats, both in portraiture and on costumers.  They made me think that it might be nice someday to make a loose gown to wear around camp as lazy garb when I am just

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Pewter Garter Buckle

A couple of months ago, I wondered if there were any extant 15th or 16th century artifacts on Ebay.  I know that lots of little metal bits are found in Europe and sold online to collectors: many pewter reproduction makers

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1580s Venetian Gown

I have entered the Realm of Venus Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge again! Lately I have made several outfits that were pretty much directly based off of one specific painting, so this time I am going to go wild and grab elements

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Curiously Shaped Purse

I have long admired the purse in Realm of Venus‘s extant garments collection, for it’s giggle factor and unusual shape. I think I was rather confused about its purpose: for some reason I thought that the shaped section must be

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Men in Antwerp

From about 1550 to 1570, Pieter Aertsen and Joachim Beuckelaer made a wonderful number of paintings depicting working class folk, selling in the market, working on the docks, and hanging out in their homes.  Though they did travel around a

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Pewter Figure-Top Spoon

I saw this spoon while randomly browsing the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website and decided that clearly I must have a lady-topped spoon.  Except instead of a little slash n’ puff German lady, I wanted a little Italian lady on

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Ascension Day

Originally I started this Ascension Day project just for the apron. But once I got the apron done, I figured I might as well have the rest of the outfit that goes with it!

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Venetian Festival Shoes: Outside

My inside shoes for the Ascension Day project are done, but they need over-shoes for protection!

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Venetian Festival Shoes: Inside

Continuing my Ascension Day outfit adventures, I find myself in need of shoes! Two pairs in fact, because the description says that she is wearing “…. socks worked with white shoes worked, and then the pianelle (similar to pattens) over…”

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My First Lasted Shoe

I have made a few pairs of simple turn shoes before, simple and clumsy things that were not very pretty, but worked well for medieval fashions.  When I started wear 16th century styles more, the turn shoes I had made

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