I am about halfway through sewing my new Renaissance inspired dress! You may remember the black and gold dress I made (see it here) which I was mostly happy with, though it turned out really tight so I went back to my old bodice pattern that I know fits to make this second dress. The sleeves of these dresses are the best part and I was totally inspired by the Borgias TV program to try this style. The costumes on that show are just gorgeous!
|a costume from the show|
I decided to use facings instead of a lining with this dress to hopefully avoid some of the size issues I had with its predecessor. I have been finishing the raw edges of the brocade with a tight zig-zag stitch before sewing them together to combat internal fraying. I just love this fabric and want the darn dress to fit! I can't imagine what my managers would think if I came in to work in this dress, I certainly know the customers would be a bit confused! I plan on wearing it, gotta spice up retail work somehow!
|The camera really hates this fabric, the color is more like the first photo|