|Diane d’Andouins by Etienne Dumonstier
Earlier this year, when I was feverishly sewing for Colonial Williamsburg, I put together a quick test bodice in some russet velveteen. It was just to test out the pattern I’d made for the riding habit waistcoat, but serendipitously, the shape and fit would also work for a ladies’ late Elizabethan doublet.
So I didn’t scrap the test bodice, and now I’m wanting to make it into the 1570s-90s outfit it so desperately wants to become. Lucky for me, I have some black taffeta, black velvet ribbon, and reticella-ish lace in my stash, ready to be allotted to this costume.
I trimmed an Elizabethan bodice in black velvet ribbon before, and loved it to bits, but this time I want to try a different pattern.
|A loooong time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
So, naturally, to the research!
|Saint Cecilia, 1550s-60s, by Ambrosius Benson
This is black trimmed in gold, and it has an overskirt, so it’s a gown, not a doublet. Primarily I like the sleeve treatment here.
|Mary Tudor, by Hans Holbein
I love the stark contrast on Mary’s gown (a gown, not a doublet, yes, but this trim style could be extended), and those sleeves are KAPOW, but I don’t think I could pull the linebacker look off!
|Portrait of a Lady in Black, by Pieter Jansz. Pourbus. Click through for a super-huge version
A complex trim arrangement – would this look as good in russet and black, instead of black and metallic lace? On a random note, I love the little lion on her necklace.
|Princess of Cleve and Berg, 1577
Though we can’t see the rest of the Princess’ ensemble, the horizontal trim is quite striking, as well as the shoulder treatment.
|Marie de’ Medici as a child
And here, of course, is the opposite of Cleve, above – vertical banding.
|Extreme Costuming – a page with a whole bunch of doublet trimming ideas – this is just one – click through for all of them.
I like the chevron trim, though I might inverse it so it points down – this takes a lot of ribbon, though, which I may not have.
Something’ll come to me. I used to know a lot about this period, but I’ve forgotten it all over the years. I suspect my doublet+sleeves+petticoat is a Fair-ism, but more research’ll suss that one out. I don’t have the yardage to do a matching overskirt, so it might just have to stay a Fair-ism. I’m okay with that – it’s Renfaire, after all.