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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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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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IRCC II: Complete

Done! Mostly done anyways.  There are several changes I would still like to make, like adding some red silk for contrast in the hat band, and a simple codpiece for the pants.  But for the purposes of the challenge, I

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IRCC II: Portrait Miniature Necklace

Submitted another IRCC II update, but I think I will hold off on reposting it here since it would just be redundant.  However, I do have something new and shiny to show off: A portrait miniature necklace!  There are many

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IRCC II: Buttons, Jerkin, and Bonnet

Buttons: I got the white silk lining sewn into the red doublet, and after puzzling over what buttons I wanted, made and attached buttons down the front. I based my buttons off of the crimson doublet on page 20 of

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IRCC II: Doublet Progress

I wrote up an update for IRCC II, but realized that I am a bit behind here.  After I finished my delightfully successful mock up with the blue doublet, I went ahead and cut out the pattern pieces for the

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IRCC II: Doublet Mockup

So last week I posted about how I was re-sizing my SO’s slightly too small doublet to fit me. I have finished, and here are the results: I have a new doublet :3

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IRCC II: Patterning

I have my doublet pattern mostly worked out I think.  I draped a new pattern out on my sort of dress form, and assuming that it turns out successfully, it is definitely a super fast way to make new patterns. 

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IRCC II: Planning

So I am participating in this year’s Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge hosted by Realm of Venus. I was really bummed last year when I found out about the contest just a smidge too late to join. Lame! And it would

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