I want to be this girl when I grow up. Excellent work on her Italian wardrobe!

Cathelina di Alessandri

A gamurra is the layer worn over the camicia and were suitable for very informal situations such as wearing around your own home when you weren’t receiving visitors.

Gamurre were very tightly fitted and laced up the front. Occasionally you see side lacing which would be very beneficial for pregnancy. Sleeves could be sewn on or attached with pins or lacing ties.

My blue gamurra was the first I made



I based my brown gamurra on this portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci by Leonardo da Vinci


The skirt panels on this dress are rectangles and it is double box pleated.


My yellow gamurra has a slightly lower neckline and higher waist and was inspired by some of the Venetian styles

1470 The Meeting of Jephthah and his Daughter BENVENUTO DI GIOVANNI


My fabric was a very pale pink so I dyed it in the bath with some fibre reactive dyes. It turned out a beautiful yellow.

skirt pattern

I cut my panels into…

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