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In which I show off my latest sewing & shamelessly solicit your votes

Posted on 2011.10.12 at 13:55
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Huzzah!!  I haven't had time to post about it, but remember that other dress I was making for Fair? It's done!!

I just love how it turned out!  This is a late 16th century Italian working-class ensemble, based on artwork by Pietro Ronzelli, Vincenzo Campi, and Cesare Vecellio. It's made from some coral-colored linen I'd had in my stash forever (it had auditioned for multiple roles before, but was clearly just waiting for The Right Project), and the sleeves were a last-minute, chilly-weather addition (yellow wool, left over from my 18th C. jacket).

The secret of this dress comes from the fit and the construction. Thanks to inspiration from silverstah and centuriessewing I decided to experiment with fitting a bodice with a curved front opening, like this:

... instead of a straight front, like this:

That curve allows the bodice to fit smoothly and snugly beneath the bustline, giving that lovely Italian silhouette:

The rest of the work is done by the corded flatlining--literally the bones of the garment. Instead of rigid boning, I used hemp cord, which is wonderfully comfortable (and, dare I say, kind of adorable).

Anyway, I was so pleased with how this turned out... I entered it into a costume contest! (Gulp!) Fabrics-store.com, the vendor where I buy all my linen (including this dress as well as the shirt my husband's wearing in that photo) is holding a linen costume contest on their Facebook page! The prize is... MORE LINEN! Huzzah--who couldn't use that?!

Here's where you come in, loyal and stealthy readers of Mirth & Matter! The winners will be decided by votes from FB fans. If you're so inclined, I would definitely appreciate your vote! You'll have to "Like" the Fabrics-store.com FB page, and then click through a couple of links to vote, but you don't have to sign up for anything.  That link should get you there, but just in case, here's another: Click Here!

Thank you! Or, as we say at Fair, gramercy!


J. Kathleen Cheney
j_cheney at 2011-10-12 19:09 (UTC) (Link)
Having trouble voting, drat it. (clicked the link, but it refuses to update...)
Mirth & Matter: The Journal of Elizabeth Bunce
elizabethcbunce at 2011-10-12 19:16 (UTC) (Link)
Well, pox! But thanks for trying!
ex_kmessner at 2011-10-13 01:28 (UTC) (Link)
That dress is absolutely gorgeous - I voted!
Mirth & Matter: The Journal of Elizabeth Bunce
elizabethcbunce at 2011-10-13 04:07 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Kate! It was a really fun project, and it's been *really* fun to wear. :)
(Anonymous) at 2011-10-13 20:56 (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful work! Love the dress. :)
~~Judy H.
operafantomet at 2011-10-15 06:17 (UTC) (Link)
I've been commenting on this outfit elsewhere, but I just have to do it again... I LOOOVE it! I love the authentic nerve each of your dresses have. And the colours! I wanna eat them. ;)
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