This outfit comes in the “wild
hair” category. I decided that I wanted to build a very late Elizabethan
gown. First I had to build the farthingale. I was inspired by both the
“Ditcherly” portrait and the “Armada” portrait of Elizabeth. I decided
to take the elements I like best from the paintings add a few from
This gown has a underskirt,
overskirt, bodice with stomacher, under sleeves and over sleeves. The under
skirt, under sleeves, stomacher and inside of oversleeves are stitched
with metallic ribbon folded in half to make a tube. The crossover points
have a 10mm pearl. The overskirt, bodice and outside of the over sleeves
are gold Fleur de leis on black brocade. I put a 8mm pearl on each of the
fleur de leis. All the edges of the overskirt, oversleeves and stomacher
are edges with pearls. Of all my dresses this one is the heaviest because
I used the higher grade glass pearls.
I wear with it a large neck
ruff rather then a open ruff.
Me wearing the "Drum dress"