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back to the pink
Looks like we are going on a couple-of-days-mini-vacation next week. The oppurtunity to be spontaneous and to get away and relax is most welcome, especially on behalf of Dad who has been working ridiculous hours at work for a while now.

As great as a mini-vacation will be it means less opportunity to work on my Pink Venetian before the Ren Faire. Which is coming up in a scarily short amount of time - how did that happen!! So last night I laid aside the peacock beading (which is all I want to work on these days) and got my butt in gear on the Pink Italian.

The skirt is now pleated and half sewn onto the bodice. Hey it's actually looking like a dress now! Next up are the sleeves, for which I have to come up with a brilliant decorating scheme since I haven't found happy matching trim to the bodice. *ponders*

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operafantomet From: operafantomet Date: October 8th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC) (link)
If you're up for some fancy almost-cutwork, look closely at the details of this one:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/operafantomet/renaissanceportraits/venezia2/licinio1530s.jpg

Looks like the sleeves are cut out in a sort of palm or leaf pattern. FUNKY! I also love the simpleness of having no trims and just slashing the upper part of the sleeve to let the camicia poke through. I did that for my own Venetian when I re-did the sleeves, and it's both comfortable and cool in an understated way. You can also see it in several period portraits, like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/operafantomet/renaissanceportraits/venezia2/tizian1555fruit.jpg

Here's a blurry closeup of my dress:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/operafantomet/venetian/vensept2.jpg
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: October 8th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC) (link)
That would be fun, unfortunately my fabric is a rather loose twill weave so cutwork is not a good option. I did some experimenting and it was bad! Oh well. I'd like to try the technique sometime though, when I have appropriate fabric, as I think it's really pretty...
operafantomet From: operafantomet Date: October 8th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC) (link)
What about paned sleeves with a thick gold cord ribbon at each edge, similar to Eleonora di Toledo's monumental state dress?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/operafantomet/renaissanceportraits/firenze3/eleonorasolo.jpg

Niccolo dell'Abbate also shows a lady with cool slashed-at-the-top sleeves:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/operafantomet/renaissanceportraits/bologne/dellabbatelady2.jpg

Or you could add a nice contrasting lace deco to a clean and plain sleeve:
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v31/operafantomet/renaissanceportraits/venezia2/blicinio1560sladywithbook.jpg
mlsdesigns From: mlsdesigns Date: October 8th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC) (link)
Mini vacations are wonderful aren't they? But so much work! Sometimes I feel like I need another holiday to recover!!
girliegirl32786 From: girliegirl32786 Date: October 10th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC) (link)
Have fun on the mini-vacation!
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