|Via Renaissance Tailor|
Posting to the Realm of Venus group, I seem to be in the minority in my thought that the bunching under the arms and fold at the shoulder tip point to a hanging sleeve. Bella agrees with me, however, and pointed out several other portraits with hanging sleeves as well as the possibility that the overall fullness comes from a cut of gown called a Romane/Romana, Roman style. Even if the portrait gown doesn't really have a hanging sleeve, there are enough Venetian and Roman gowns that do, so mine will.
|Via Realm of Venus|
Another image helping out with design is this one of Irene di Spilimbergo by a follower of Titian held in the National Gallery. Her coat does have both the full regular sleeve as well as a second thin hanging sleeve. She's also in a very similar color scheme to Countess Livia, so that's a bonus.
|Via National Gallery of Art|
So, fabrics are getting prepped today. I'll probably start the pattern draft tomorrow. It shouldn't be too difficult. I just drafted a gown from Alcega and this should be similar. There is supposed to be more fullness so I'll get to do a comparison of the two drafts, which sounds like even more fun.