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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2011 04:52:16 PM »

nice, and admirable hand sewing. I don't have that kind of patience.

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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2011 04:12:24 PM »

Holy McMoly.....I would have said "great job" even if it had been all machine sewn but all that hand sewing...goodness gracious. I used to go to Ren Faires and each year I tried for a little more historical accuracy. And from the first year to the next, I totally did. Then I decided it would require more dedication than I had. So yeah, I'm super impressed.


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« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2011 06:53:40 PM »

It's fantastic!

And please note that my next question doesn't change how awesome your work and reconstruction is in anyway.

What painting did you base the dress off?

This is the second Italian working dress I've seen done from Campi's paintings and in the painting the other lady posted, everything was super detailed, but there wasn't the distinctive pleating of a cartridge pleated waist, and the gathers came out of the skirt in a totally different way than I've seen in cartridge skirts.

So I'm thinking either there was something else going on, or the lady was actually using a different picture than she showed.
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2011 06:59:00 PM »


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« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2011 02:54:46 PM »

What a great ensemble! I can't imagine hand sewing that whole thing, and it turned out spectacularly!!!
I forget what it's called, but are you planning to add the shoulder pieces that cover the laces? Also black work around the neck would really make it pop in my opinion.
But seriously, these are just further unnecessary additions to an already amazing piece of work.
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« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2011 08:20:26 PM »

@sapphire_chan - the dress isn't based off of one particular Campi painting, but rather it takes elements from quite a few of them.  His 'Kitchen' (the first painting on the writeup page linked below) has a good view of some of the women's waists from the back:


The pleats in those women's skirts seem fuller, more even and rounder than just gathering - so I've always used cartridge pleats on my working class Italian dresses. Smiley


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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2011 08:25:31 PM »

@desm88 - I"m a sucker for some nice blackwork, but unfortunately it dosen't seem common for working-class Italian women, based on my research.  The same goes for epaulets or other shoulder treatment - all the paintings I used in my research show just a plain shoulder strap. 



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« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2011 04:00:29 AM »

This looks absolutly professional! WOW.

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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2011 04:04:24 AM »

I couldn't even begin to imagine all that hand sewing. I love the color of the fabrics you chose as well.

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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2011 07:25:35 PM »

LOVE.  Seriously, that's all I can say.

My friends and I do ren fairs, but are a band of pirates and are not historically accurate by a long shot (we're not "skull and crossbones"/Johnny Depp type pirates, but definitely not authentic).  When my boyfriend (now husband) and I first started going I wanted to make one similar to this, but ended up getting dragged the pirate route instead.  Now I want to again!

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