Last fall Isis from “Isis Wardrobe” started the “17th century Challenge” to encourage more interest and recreation of 17th century fashion.
(As she explain in her blog post (see above) the idea comes from Maria of “In deme jare cristi” who started the “Manuscript challenge“.)
I immediately liked the idea, since I’ve been pondering on making a 17th century dress for some time and this seamed the perfect excuse.
(This project also fit perfectly into the HSM15 challenge “Out of your comfort zone” due in June)
The rules for the “Sew 17th century challenge” are simple:
*Pick a painting or original garment from 1600-1699, and upload your picture to the Facebook album
*You got 1 year to recreate the painting (every piece of clothing) as close as you can considering, skills, time and budget.
*Present your garment in the Facebook album and tell a bit about the process.
(read the in dept rules at “Isis Wardrobe”)
So this winter I took a good look at what internet had to provide in terms of 17th century fashions.
While searching I discovered some of the typical styles in (women’s) fashion painted in the 17th century.
The extremely elaborate court robe:
The “simple” high waist:“Yellow dress” (1632)
The extremely elaborate high waist:“Susanna Temple ca. 1604-1669″ by Marcus Gheeraerts, (ca 1620)
The crazy as embroidery: “Portrait of Margaret Layton”, attributed to Marcus Gheeraerts, c. 1620. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
I would love to make this one from the recreation of this fabric some day, But not right now.
The “Poor” people dress:“Mother Combing Child’s Hair” by Caspar Netscher (1669)
The rigid and “simple” dress: “Portrait of Elizabeth Wriothesley, Countess of Northumberland, and later Countess of Montagu”, by Peter Lely (1668)
The rigid and lace decorated gown:“Portrait of a Lady” by Gabriel Metsu (ca 1660s)
Even though I can see something charming in almost every one of these fashions (maybe except the “crazy as panniers” – I mean what is that), but I’m definitely drawn to the 1660s “simpler” styles of dress.
So focusing on portraits from that period I still had to narrow it down to just one favorite.
Elizabeth Capell, Countess of Carnarvon by Sir Peter Lely (ca. 1665)
Princess Henrietta Anne of England (1644–1670) by Jan Mytens (1665)
While both lovely, I knew I wanted to make something a bit more basic and les fancy.
You can find my Pinterest board for the “Sew 17th century challenge”here.