I have finished two long time wish list gowns .
One is based on a portrait of Mary Tudor ,It’s an aubergine velvet typically English styled gown
There is a partlet but I forgot to wear it for the photos.I also have a later french hood that is the same style as the portrait hoods but didnt get photos
This is the last of my Mary Tudor gowns as I have now made most of the ones in the portraits except the posthumous ones and the Brown gown which with the exception of colour is almost identical to the other gowns.
This was my previous Mary gown based on a portrait my Master John
The next gown I have completed is from a completely different source and is an Italian gown from the 1540s based on this portrait of Eleanor of Toledo ,who lived in Florence having married into the Medici family
This is my version ,I slightly altered the sleeves to make them easily removable as the gown is for sale and quite expensive so I wanted to ensure potential buyers could use it in as many ways as possible ,hence the sleeves and petticoat can both be mix and matched with other gowns.
I also made a gold partlet and gold and pearl trimmed snood as these are seen in other Eleanor portraits.
I am planning other Eleanor gowns next year possibly this one assuming I can find fabric
,my current project is the Elizabeth 1 phoenix gown which is now part made as I have finally found suitable fabric
The Eleanor gown is on Etsy here
and the mary gown is here