Inspired by: Palma Vecchio's
"Woman In Blue"
Pattern: New pattern made by adapting
the McCalls' that was used for my brown velveteen dress.
Materials likely to have been used in period:
Blue silk, trimmed with matching blue silk plush velvet
strips, tied at the front with ribbons of matching silk.
Interlined with linen, lined with linen or possibly silk.
Materials I used: All 100% cotton
drill in outer fabric/lining - 4 panels of 1metre+ width
used in the skirt, knife pleated into bodice with double
box pleats at the sides, back and front. Bodice
interlined with cotton calico - 100% cotton. Trimmed with
gimp braid in a darker blue and tied in front in four
places with matching blue poly ribbon. I have not yet
made sleeves for this dress, but when I do I will knife
pleat the tops and sew to the bodice. Undersleeves will
then be able to be tied-in to the bodice.