I have decided to enter the Calontir Clothing Challenge and am aiming to make a 1520s Portuguese outfit to be complimented by a 16th century Portuguese dinner. I have entered for the Historically Focussed Advanced section as I wanted to extend my skill set. I feel this challenge is a good way to continue to educate people about the wonders of Portuguese dress!
I decided that rather than focus on one painting I would incorporate elements from a variety of different Portuguese period images in my dress design. This will hopefully result in an outfit suitable for a wealthy upper class lady from Lisbon.
Layer 1: Chemise
I bought some very nice linen/cotton blend when on holiday in Auckland. It is the right weight for chemises and feels like it has a good amount of linen in it.
I have found that most of the linen in our local shops tends to be heavy so doesn't have the right body to make a chemise. This is really important in Portuguese where you often have the chemise puffing through gaps in the sleeve!