1510-1530 German Wool Dress
My final entry for Queen Adelhait's Persona Challenge is this early 16th century dress in the German style.
I was primarily inspired by these gowns as painted by artists like Barthel Beham, Albrecht Durer, and the Cranachs. I wanted a center front closing dress out of wool and trimmed in velvet. I plan to add a gold brustfleck later on when I wear it to fancier events.
Bildnis der Barbara Schedlin, 1524 Albrecht Dürer
My fabric is a lightweight worsted wool in a fantastic teal color. You can see this color in the above painting (also trimmed in black) so I knew the color was documentable. The velvet is a silk/cotton blend. The lining is natural colored linen and the interlining is linen canvas. All of the hand stitching was done with silk thread.
This gown has zero boning and is stiffened with an interlining of linen canvas and linen buckram. Its very comfortable and quickly molds to my shape. I used machine stitching for all of the inside structural seams and hand stitching for everything visible. All of the guards are sewn on by hand to make them lay nicely.