Salty Sewing Strumpets

Group Members: Lady Eibhilin O Beirn, HL Adelaide Sarsfield, HL Ysabel de la Oya, and Lady Sawbina Fahy

Location: Cum an Iolair, Calontir

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Intermediate

About : We have known each other for several years, and have had sewing days together a few times. This is the first time where the four of have have worked on one project though.

Their Project: Early 16th Century Italian dress. Pattern from Mediaeval Miscellanea’s PERIOD PATTERN ™ NO.41WOMEN’S ITALIAN RENAISSANCE GOWNS, C. 1470-1505 A.D., will include some heraldry elements.

Final Photos

Their final thoughts on their C3 experience:

We learned that divide and conquer is the best way to go about things. We all learned a lot during the process, we increased our skill level in sewing and in the goldwork (couching cord and sewing on pearls). We had a great time working together and look forward to future group sewing projects.

Layer 1

Early 16th Century Italian camica for women. Made by Adelaide and Eibhilin. Machine sewen on linen , hand finished

Layer 2

Two part skirt made of linen and a cotton brocade forepart. All machine sewn by Sawbina. The bodice is linen with a cotton canvas. The pearls are handsewn by Ysabel and the cording was couched on by Sawbina. All embroidery was done before the cotton canvas liner was sewn to the bodice. Patterning and cutting are done by Sawbina, bodice pieces sewn together by Ysabel by machine mostly wit armsyths handsewn. Three eyelets on each side of the bodice was done by Ysabel

Layer 3

Stomacher and Sleeves. Stomacher is made of cotton brocade lined with the same fabric Stomacher made by Eibhilin. The stomacher is to help “fake” a kirtle. The two part sleeves are linen lined with cotton canvas. The sleeves have 50 eyelets handsewn by Ysabel. The cordwork is hand sewn by Eibhilin. The sleeves were sewn by both Ysabel and Eibhlin.

Layer 4

Early 16th century Italian women headpiece. Upper class. Constructed of a linen cap, with pearls beads and couched on cord. Fillet is made by attaching metal beads at intervals with with jewelry hung at the temples. A black band holds it on the head.

Bonus Points

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