Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What have I gotten myself into this time?

I can only blame IRCC withdrawal. Some part of me needs to be sewing along with people and creating arbitrary deadlines. I just volunteered to organize a sewing challenge in my SCA kingdom.  After seeing pictures of the Kingdom of Atlantia's Disney challenge, we've decided to do our own.

Using a character concept from a Disney movie, participants are going to make themselves an historically accurate outfit. I've decided to do Ursula from the Little Mermaid using this 1530's portrait by Guilio Romano as my inspiration.  It has been on my "I want to make that!" list for quite some time. The strapwork looks amazingly interesting, it is an underbust dress, and it has giant sleeves.  What isn't to love? Not to mention the strapwork is rather tentacle like and the balzo looks like she's wearing a sea urchin on her head.

There's a free article on strapwork over at History Unstitched.  by Alyxx Ianetta. I'm going to go re-read it and see what sort of crazy I have gotten myself into.


  1. Oh! I so love this dress too! One of my favorite parts is that the underdress *also* has an interlace pattern woven into the pink fabric. Fab! I can hardly wait to see what you do. :)

  2. Oh, that portrait is perfect for Ursula. I can't wait to see how it turns out!