About Giovanni: I am Giovanni Loredan, I have been in the Society for over 9 years. Giovanni is a second son from the mid-1500s Republic of Venice, where his late Uncle was a well-loved Doge. Giovanni currently lives in the Kingdom of Calontir, in Axed Root. In the past, I have sewn a number of items, including a late period suit. This complete project will probably be pretty challenging for me though. My last doublet took me almost three years to complete by hand. Hopefully having a specific challenge will help to keep me moving!
His Project: For the Challenge, I am working on a recreation of the “Portrait of Gian Gerolamo Grumelli (The Gentleman in Pink)” by Giovanni Battista Moroni (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/Giovanni_Battista_Moroni_008.jpg). The outfit worn in the portrait is fairly typical of the mid-1500s in Northern Italy. Layer 1 – Underwear: Camicia and Braes Layer 2 – Main Layer: Doublet and Paned Trunkhose Layer 3 – Outer Layer: Venetian Toga (Over robe) Layer 4 – Accessories: Garters and Shoes I have been planning this outfit since Clothier’s Seminar last year when I acquired the wool I will be using for the Doublet and Trunkhose. I have been looking at the Painting for many years. To fulfil the Outer Layer, I will be creating a Venetian Toga, also known as a Vesta. It was a civic uniform for men over 26 in Venice and was fairly highly regulated by sumptuary laws.
About Kristine: I joined the SCA in middle school when my mother started taking us to meetings. I wasn’t always as excited about it in the beginning, but when I found tablet-weaving, I was hooked. I met my fiance, Vincent, as well as all my closest friends in the society.
Vincent and I came to a deal a long time ago that he would make our garb, since he enjoys it and it just puts me in a foul mood…. but since I’m spearheading this challenge, I feel like I have to put my money where my mouth is and participate. Wish our household luck!
Her project: Years ago, I came upon one of the images below and felt like I fully understood the woman wearing it – and I love her apron. I can’t just make the apron, right? I have to make the whole outfit to go with it. These images are all from the same illumination and are a little later than my usual time period (I’m usually mid-to-late 14thc Scot) being earlyish 15c inspired by images from The Book of Faiz Monseigneur Saint Loys. So, My plan is to make all the layers shown, a chemise, a supportive kirtle (stretch project of additional pin-on sleeves), a silk cotte with embroidery, and a wool over cotte with embroidered embellishments. My accessory will be a tablet woven belt, though I’ll also be making the aforementioned apron. I have other wacky ideas on extra accessory layers, but we’ll see how it goes!
About Soma: I have been in the SCA for 6 years now. My main areas are sewing, embroidery, weaving, and lamp-working glass. These were all picked up as a result of my choosing a 10th century Norse persona. This will be more challenging for me as it will only be the second time I have hand finished my seams, and the first time purposely creating a whole outfit on a deadline.
Her Project: I plan to create a 10th-ish century viking outfit. This type of clothing has been found in a majority graves and would be worn by a middle class person. I plan to make a serk, an apron dress, a coat, and the accessories are undecided. Most of the inspiration comes from Medieval Garments Reconstructed, Norse clothing patterns. I have had all the supplies and been planning it for a while, but needed motivation.
About Susanna: I started playing in the Outlands in 2005 but then unexpectedly found myself moving to Calontir in 2006, so Calontir is my SCA homeland. My main interests are garb, games, and food. My first persona was late period English but a few years ago I decided to go with a more quirky persona – Dalmatian! – that allows me to combine several cultures into one storyline. I mostly dabble; I’ve never mastered anything!
Her Project: I plan to make a woman’s 16th century ensemble, for a resident of a small island on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. The wearer comes from a well-to-do local family; she is not Venetian, nor would she be considered “noble” by anyone but a fellow Dalmatian. This will be a special occasion ensemble suitable for the feast day of St. Christopher (the patron saint of Arbe) on July 25th. This project was inspired by an illustration in Vecellio’s 1590 publication ‘Habiti Antichi et Moderni’ and my previous attempts to track down the source of that image. It’s mostly speculation.
About Verti : I go by Verti to all my SCA friends. I’ve been in the SCA on and off 25 years. I’ve never been much of a seamstress, so this will be new for me. Most times you’ll find me at our local SCA Pub at events. I love telling and listening to stories and songs from friends and soon to be friends.
Their Project: I will be basing my outfit on early Pict carvings. My main focus will be recreating the Orkney Hood look, but not quite ready to make it with period technique. The parts will include the hood, an under tunic, t-tunic, pants, and possibly a hood.
About Vincent: I have been participating in the SCA for about 15 years. I do quite a bit of of basic costuming, especially helping newer members. Beyond sewing I work on a lot of general SCA projects and work on recruitment and retention efforts.
His Project: Mid fourteenth century middle class merchant from Western Europe. This is a commonly represented garment seen in illustrations. I am also working off of the men’s fourteenth century gown from the second edition Medieval Tailors Assistant.
About Zaneta: I have been in the SCA for about nine years now. I normally play as a 15th century Venetian woman. Other days, I play at being a 10th century Norwegian. While I have been making garb since I started, I almost never manage to get extra details done – embroidery, shoes, hair coverings, etc – especially for my Venetian outfits. I am hoping to be able to create a complete outfit from head to toe. Making pants will be especially challenging for me. While I can make Thorsberg trousers for my husband without much problem, I have never been able to successfully create pants for myself. I attempted a pair of venetian under drawers (shorts) one time and almost stopped sewing – it was that bad. So this challenge should help me overcome some of my mental blocks about garb making.
Her Project: I will be making an outfit that would have been worn by a man in 1490’s Venice. It will be based off of figures in Vittore Carpaccio’s paintings – The Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto (also known as “The Healing of the Madman”), and The Departure of the Pilgrims (from the St. Ursula cycle). I have been wearing Norse and generic 14th century clothing for a while and I would like to get back to being Italian. My outfit will consist of the following: Layer 1 – Camisa or undershirt Layer 2 – Zupon, sleeves, and hose Layer 3 – Mantello or caxacha, like a coat Layer 4 – Possibly shoes, hat, or hat pendant