Maria di Medici

Sleeves and Forepart

While the sleeves and forepart were very simple to make, I think they deserve a very own page. They prove that ‘simple’ does not necessarily mean ‘not much work’. I used Margo’s Lady’s wardrobe pattern for the forepart and narrow curved sleeves. I cut them in white rayon jacquard (the same as I’m planning to […]


I have also decided to attach the overskirt to the bodice, with a *not* at all historical (at least, from my knowledge, for that period…) waistband to be able to keep the cartridge pleating intact. Therefore, the trim from the sides of the overskirt will go right on to the bodice. Here’s the first picture […]

Maria Di Medici

Maria Di Cosimo Medici by Allessandro Allori, painted c. 1555 – 1557   Hmmm… I had a large amount of black stage velvet – *very* heavy, but lush – used to make theatre curtains – a small amount of slate blue silk satin, an endless amount of black / tan trim (unfortunately, not golden – […]