--- Lori Sharpsteen <lsharp@...
> wrote: > Oh
Bella, I'm so impressed! I know that you have
> been agonizing over each
> detail of this outfit, and your attention to the
> details really shows!
Thank you! I wanted to get it as right as I could, I
intend to use it as long as possible! :)
> What did you use to trim the partlet? Is it ribbon,
> or bias satin, it curves
> very smoothly around the neckline.
It's made from satin bias-binding, poly of course as
silk is too expensive for me just now.
> Is the partlet
> made of silk?
Nope. I happened to pounce on some 3metre-wide sheer
curtain fabric which was $5AUS/m down from $18AUS/m
which I found in the remnant bin. I got 1.5metres, and
it's a polyester batiste. Appart from the fact that it
was a bargain I liked it because it didn't scream
"polyester" at me! I have enough left over to make a
> How did you
> get it to lay smoothly over the curve of you
> shoulder? Did you drape it, or
> use a pattern?
I draped it using the 'historically accurate' model at
The Renaissance Tailor site:
(scroll down to western European accessories, then to
I found the instructions easy to follow, and if I'd
had more time I would have made it with the collar.
> The pleated ruffle on your chemise looks beautiful,
> a much crisper look than
> ones I've gathered. Did you use knife pleats or box
> pleats? I'm going to do
> pleat rather than ruffle those chemises from now on!
Thank you! :) I used knife pleats, and I doubled the
edge of the camicia over to help acheive that crisp
look. Mainly because I was trying to acheive a later
16th century look, and most of the ones I could see
well enough in portraits looked to be pleated. Not all
look that crisp though.
You can't see in that pic but the camicia also has a
row of large cross-stitches over the band at the
neckline and sleeves like I've seen on a portrait of
Veronica Franco, Venetian courtesan. It wasn't the
best embroidery, but heck, it was practice for the
next one! :)
> Again, beautiful job. Now, what's next?
Thank you! Casual/work garb I think! Plus garb for my
sweetie, and an underdress for my daughter. :)
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