October 3, 2014

Brocade Subtly Renaissance Dress

Remember when I told you guys about the Renaissance inspired dresses I was planning for fall? Here is the first one! (I actually completed a different dress first, but more on that next week...) I have had this olive green brocade for a long time, it was originally destined to be a pencil skirt, but since I had a few yards, I decided to go for a dress instead! For some Renaissance flair I added dark olive green velvet trim to the bodice and sleeves. I also added a strip of ivory silk and some tiny ivory pearls to the front neckline for an additional antique inspired touch.

There's me and the original sketch above. I decided against the velvet trim down the center of the front bodice, because sewing the velvet trim on was anxiety inducing! 

Dress: Made by Me
Shoes: Target (years ago...)
Necklace: Vintage (etsy)
Earrings: Made by me

the neckline trims
I also wore the dress this past weekend for my trip down to Colorado Springs with a velvet belt. I really like this belt, but I feel a wider belt like this makes me look so short waisted so I left if off when I wore the dress again today.

I have gotten a ton of sewing down this past week so I have lots to show you guys! Hopefully the weather holds out (it has been raining a lot here lately!) for some more outfit photos for you all.


  1. That is lovely! The historical inspiration is subtle but effective. I'd love to see a close-up of the neckline detail.

    1. Thank you Tanith! I'll try and find a good photo of the neckline and add it in!

    2. Gorgeous! Thanks :) The pearls look lovely.

  2. Such a gorgeous dress, I really like the brocade and the trim.


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