Historic Intermediate · Historically Focused · Intermediate

Adelaide Sarsfield

Location: Cum an Iolair, Calontir

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Intermediate

About Adelaide: I began in Ansteorra, took a decade-long break when I had my daughter, and arrived in Calontir around 2012. I enjoy many skills within the SCA, but I am probably best known for sharing those skills with the children of the kingdom, during my time as Kingdom Minister of Youth.

Her Project: I’ve had some lovely fabric that has been begging to become an Italian gown, so I will make a 15th Century Venetian gown. There are a few historical paintings that show a lovely front-laced gown, such as the woman in pink in Ghirlandaio’s Birth of St. John the Baptist.

Historic Intermediate · Historically Focused · Intermediate

Annabelle Fitzsimmons

Location: Barony of Namron, Ansteorra

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Intermediate

About : I have been in the SCA for 40 years, and have sewn for even longer. However, I have only been trying to be more historically accurate for the last 10 or so years. I do mostly fiber arts, but am also interested in woodworking and scribal arts.

Project: This is for a 16th century Italian middle class/lower upper class woman. I am basing my outfit from a painting by Lorenzo Lotto. Portrait of a Woman inspired by Lucretia. This is an outfit that has intrigued me for years, so this may finally inspire me to try to create it.

Intermediate · Modern Recreationist · Modern Recreationist Intermediate

Elizabeth Allen

Location: The Shire of Canale, West

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Intermediate

About Elizabeth: I reside in The Shire of Canale, Cynagua, The West. I have been in the sca for almost a year now! I picked up sewing to create garb and have taken some college classes on sewing and design. I love researching French/English court dress of the early 1560s, and am researching women’s education in the third quarter of the 16th century. This project is not for me, but will be made for my sister.

Her Project: I will be creating an outfit suitable for a Florentine lady of means around 1565-1575. The items required are, a Camica, a small farthingale, a supportive kirtle, a doublet dress, an over gown, and finally a set of jewels. The outfit is primarily based on, Follower of Francesco Salviati del Rossi, called Il Salviati
Portrait of a lady, half-length, in a richly embroidered, high-necked white dress with pink trim, a jeweled headdress and pearl necklace, seated holding gloves in her left hand.

Intermediate · Modern Recreationist · Modern Recreationist Intermediate

Lisette of Three Rivers

Location: Barony of Three Rivers, Calontir

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Intermediate

About Lisette: I have been in the SCA for about a year and a half and sewing for about two years longer still. I sew quite a bit now, but all of the garb I’ve made has been in a very feminine style. I’ve never made pants before, so this outfit will be a bit of a challenge because it is a more masculine style (and includes pants!). The outfit, once complete, will tie in with my (mostly) italian courtesan persona.

Her Project: I plan to make a Venetian courtesan outfit. There are descriptions of many Venetian women, courtesans and not, “apparrelled like Men, in a doublet close to the body, and large breeches open at the knees, after the Spanish fashion, both of carnation silke or satten” (Fynes Moryson’s Itinerary c. 1590). For my entry I will make an undershirt, doublet and breeches, a cloak, snood and jewelry in the style described by Moryson.

Intermediate · Modern Recreationist · Modern Recreationist Intermediate

Fionnabhair inghean ui Mheadhra

Location: Innilgard, Lochac

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Intermediate

Project Update Blog: Broider Me ‘Bethan

About Fionnabhair: I have been in the SCA since the early 2000’s and love my 16th C Italian clothing. I am self taught and don’t enjoy sewing (and am not confident about it). I would much rather be doing embroidery! I think clothing is a big part of one’s persona so I force myself to keep sewing. I also enjoy cooking and illumination, and love women’s dress accessories.

Her Project: I am planning a 16th Century Italian Noblewoman’s ensemble. At this stage I would like to do a dress, coat, undergarment and (hopefully) a suite of accessories. I would like to try and use mainly materials from stash. It would be nice to be able to incorporate elements from my heraldry, but I am still very much in the vague, planning stage. I have a series of similar gowns in portraits that I would like to base my dress on.

Advanced · Historic Advanced · Historically Focused

Gianna Viviani

Location: Oakheart, Calontir

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Advanced

About Gianna: I’ve been active in the SCA for 4 years. I’ve sewn for a long time but over the past 3 years I have started focusing on learning how to construct my clothing using historical methods and fabrics versus modern methods. My primary focus is 1450-1580 Florence. However, I have a strong interest in Tudor England and Venice. When not sewing I dabble in tablet weaving and other fiber arts. I find Florentine clothing to be challenging and deceptive. All of the structure of Florentine clothing is created within the clothing itself, meaning, they did not have corsets or farthingales to create the overall shape and support. Creating the veste will require a few new skills so this should be interesting.

Her Project: I’m drawn to the elegance of the portrait of Isabella de Medici by Alessandro Allori from around 1560, Florence. I will recreate the ensemble seen in that painting. Isabella was part of the Medici family who was ruling Florence, Italy at the time. An outfit of velvet and numerous pearls would’ve been worn by upper nobility as I imagine the cost would’ve been prohibitive for anyone else. This is an outfit that I’ve been wanting to make for a while and have completed some of the pieces that will not be entered into this competition.

I will be making the camicia, sottana, and her veste (or overgown). The sottana is the supportive middle layer dress that will help create the overall shape. The sottana will be made it so that it can be worn as stand alone dress. For my 4th, non-sewing item I will be making a pair of chopines. These are elevated platform shoes meant for outdoor wear to keep dresses and shoes out of the muck and show off wealth.

Historic Intermediate · Historically Focused · Intermediate

Giovanni Loredan

Location: Axed Root, Calontir

Category/Level: Historically Focused/Intermediate

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.

Beginner · Modern Beginner · Modern Recreationist

Kaitlyn McCloud

Location: Barony of Axemoor, Gleann Abhann

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Beginner

Her Project Update Blog: The Casual Costumer

About : Hi there, so I am very new to the SCA, roughly a year or so- but with the pandemic I’ve only made it to 3-4 events. I am fairly new to historical sewing but have been making costumes and cosplay for myself as well as a variety groups and Mardi Gras krewes in New Orleans for several years. I also help run the Sewing Squad facebook page, which is a small group of people in my region that want to learn more about sewing skills and history focused garb.

Project: I’m going to be doing a (roughly) 1480-1500c Italian Renaissance set of garments. This will be inspired by a set of paintings from that period, though the fabrics will be different, since I’m picking this period/style to utilize a yellow silk taffeta and a red silk brocade that I already have. I also wanted an opportunity to work on my embroidery and with the heavy ornamentation on the sleeves of this period, hopefully I can get some nice detail work done ( though I’m pinning that as a “stretch” goal, time allowing).

Intermediate · Modern Recreationist · Modern Recreationist Intermediate

Lyleth of the Lonely Tower

Location: Barony of the Lonely Tower,

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Intermediate

About Lyleth: I’ve been in the SCA for about 3 years. Sewing was a completely new skill when I joined but I’ve only sewn a handful of dresses. I’ve also recently gotten into fighting so I am sewing/building my own kit for that as well. This project very much fits into the Italian persona I am building. I’ve had a love for the style and era and am very much looking forward to completing this project. This project will be very challenging for me. The trials I have done in a similar style have all been for middle/lower class and have been made completely of linen. This will be the first time I’ve work with brocades and silks to make something finer. I’m also looking into doing some embellishing and embroidery for the first time. While I’ve done some corseting in my other gowns, this will be the first time I’ve made a Farthengale with the attached hoop skirt.

Her Project: The outfit I plan to create is a late 16th century Venetian gown. My inspiration is from the painting by Paolo Caliari (Veronese), 1571: Madonna of the House of Coccina. The inspiration is in the style and shape of the dress only, the fabric and color choices will be very different. I was intending to make this dress for Twelfth Night or WInter coronation either this coming year or for next year. The fabric is not period accurate but it felt perfect for the winter theme of the event.

Beginner · Modern Beginner · Modern Recreationist

Makenzi Dingman

Location: Barony of the lonely tower, Calontir

Category/Level: Modern Recreationist/Beginner

About Makenzi: My name is Makenzi. I have not chosen a SCA name. I was introduced through my sister and her husband, Makayla and Tristan Smith. I joined in the spring. I do sew regularly, just not clothing to this extent. Mostly repairs and accessories. I enjoy Archery, and am learning to be a scribe. I am sure this project with provide many challenges. Thank you!

Her Project: I am new to the SCA and wanted to create something nice to wear to my first event when they are able to be held again. I have loved the look of italian dresses for many years and decided to create one for myself.