was taken at the end of the night of my first event,
which is why my lacing had slipped and I was too tired to
Point in bodice back.
Inspired by: Cesare
Vecellio's "Venetian Lady in Winter". (seen
Pattern: My own. First
pattern I ever drafted myself. I am quite pleased that I included a feature that, so far, seems unique to sixteenth
century Venetian fashions - the point in the bodice back.
All my Venetian gowns from this first one onwards have
had this feature. I had not found Alcega's Tailors
Pattern Book yet, so the shoulder straps had a tendency
to fall off the shoulders - which I was determined to
find a solution for.
Materials likely to have been
used in period: Heavy silk damask, brocatelle or
a figured velvet such as brocaded voided velvet or
cisele. Interlining of heavy linen, perhaps lined with
Materials I used:
Chenille weave upholstery fabric, 80% cotton, 20%
polyester. The background is a rough uncut pile surface
similar to period uncut velvet, and the pattern is a
satin weave. This is similar to a period uncut voided
velvet, only in period the pattern itself would have been
the uncut velvet pile, with the background in satin
weave. The interlining is heavy duty fusible interfacing,
and the bodice is lined with 100% cotton drill.