Well, I finally got the neckline jewels sewn onto the bodice of the French gown. They really make an impact! I purchased some dark gold metallic lace to sit underneath the jewels, similar to the inspiration portrait. I put on some of my award jewelry (brooch, pearl necklace with medallion) and it was waaaay too much bling. I didn't want to look like a queen at a Renaissance Faire so I went minimal with the jewelry this time around.
Please excuse my silly face, I think the sun was in my eyes a little!
Here is a fun picture of me, my friend Celeste who is new to the SCA this year, who has chosen a 16th century Venetian persona, and also my husband looking spiffy in his new wool suit. Our friend Sarah and myself helped her make her first gown. Everyone contributed a third of the work! I gave her some yellow silk damask to start off her SCA career on a fancy foot, and loaned her some jewelry until I teach her how to make wired jewelry! She did great on her first gown and I'm looking forward to all the fabulous creations in the future.