This is my third try a Venetian gown, this one is in the style of 1550s. The shape is based on Titian’s A Portrait of a Lady in White, and the making of this gown was an elaborate attempt to make a gown in this style without any boning, because there’s little evidence that it was used during this period. The bodice is padded with layers of felt and buckram. It looks awesome, though I confess that dress is one of the least comfortable things I’ve ever made. I have plans to make some adjustments to it in the future so it’s wearable, though. (And because I really just can’t leave well enough alone.) You can read more about the making this gown at my old blog.