But I’m making one an outfit, anyway! Okay, he’s my husband, so he gets special dispensation from the skerry-ness (altho I still may need a lot of hand holding through this process, as I don’t DO boys’ clothes as a rule). There’s a 16th century event coming up that he is (SIT DOWN FOR THIS ONE) attending, so I’m going to make him an outfit!
Specifically, a 1560s Italian gentleman’s ensemble. I wasn’t terribly picky about geography or decade, so long as it was 16th century; I had vague ideas that if I made his Italian, it would coordinate nicely with my Italian wardrobe; but it was only once I found specific paintings I liked, it all worked out, as they happened to be Italian!
I bought the Tudor Tailor Elizabethan Peascod Doublet & Trunkhose pattern, as yes I could spend 10,000 hours sizing up out of The Tudor Tailor… or I could accept that I don’t love men’s clothing (or know them very well), so having someone do that work for me was worth the insane cost of the pattern. (I get SOME credit for scaling up the shirt pattern from TT, altho that was so not hard).
Originally, I was thinking all wool — I thought the more straightforward masculine-by-contemporary-definitions, the more comfortable he’d be. He’s a winter color-wise (which has been WEIRD to shop for, as I am all about the warm colors), so we were thinking blue and black. But when we had a design consult the other night, we veered off and ended up with the idea of all black wool, with dark silver silk damask accents. Be still, my beating heart!
So here’s the plan:
- Shirt (mostly done, will post about that soon)
- Doublet in black wool flannel
- Trunkhose and canions in black wool flannel
- Dark silver accents, as in the Moroni portrait (swapping the gold for silver): dark silver silk damask for the trunkhose lining, and dark silver couched braid on the doublet
I spent a LONG time looking for the silver damask, and was shocked at how little I could find that fit my mental image. I finally found this 80% silk/20% poly damask on ebay. Now I’m on the hunt for some kind of dark silver braid/cord that looks like the trim in the painting. So far I can’t find anything closer than soutache braid, but it seems like there should be some other options? I’ve checked MJ Trim, ebay, Farmhouse fabrics, minidolls… all my usual trim sources! Even checked Calontir, but they’re all about the jacquard celtic stuff. So I’m still hunting – suggestions welcome!