Reluctantly, I left it behind while I pondered. It screams Burgundian gown, but do I really want to do a late 15th century gown? I toyed with this while looking to get some other pieces and looking into the portraits and other documentation of the gown. While at one of my favorite places, JoAnn Fabrics, I found some lovely cotton fabric in a rust color with yellowish/golden leaves in the same diamondesque pattern, that would make a great version of the gown for my 15 month old daughter. So back to my question, do I really want to make a Burgundian gown? Of course I do!
So I have now called my source to get me the fabric I had left behind and have started on completing this latest project. (I should really work on some of the others I have planned, but this is too tempting and on the scale of my others, relatively simple.) I hope to document this for others who are interested, and am hoping that by doing so I’ll be motivated to complete it in a timely manner, as I often get distracted. Since I’m also going to be working on a similar dress for my 15 month old daughter, the progress will be a bit slower, but I’ll try my best to post the progress of it as well!
To start with, I needed a better idea of what the gown looks like, construction ideas, etc. A great place to start, and my main point of information for my whim Burgundian dress is the following http://cleftlands.cwru.edu/BurgundianCostume.pdf I know both Mistress Milicent and to a lesser degree her sister, Lyonnete, who penned this wonderful article. They are both wonderful people who take great care in their research, and while normally I would go all out and do my own, sometimes it’s just nice to go with it. Lyonnete also took some time to discuss this with me, so I feel confident in following her lead on construction and the various parts.
After getting some ideas on construction and the parts needed, I Googled several images and picked the ones I found to be the most inspirational for me, shown below.
Another great site with pictures of the various layers and the transition is http://www.uvm.edu/~hag/sca/15th/
Now, it’s time to get started!