"Florentine Lady" - image from "Album
Amicorum of a German Soldier, 1595, Los Angeles County
Museum of Art., (seen above). This dress was also
inspired by Margo's Patterns "Iron Dress"
Patterns Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe for the doublet
bodice and curved sleeves. Rectangular skirt constructed
Materials likely to have been
used in period: Silk damask, plain weaves of
silk, silk velvet.
Materials I used:
Velvet - 100% cotton. Bodice was interlined with linen
and lined with two types of silk: 100% lining weight silk
in light grey for those areas not visible, and mid brown
silk/gold metallic striped "cloth of gold"
fabric for the visible areas of inside collar and inside
fronts. Sleeves were made from this "cloth of
gold" fabric, lined with cotton. Skirt was made from
rectangular panels of velvet, front shaped to fit point,
and lined for 25cm on either side with "cloth of
gold" fabric. Trimming: Metallic gold cord was
machine-couched down on front, back, shoulder roll panes
and skirt opening. Gold beads and pearls were hand sewn
between the gold cord.