The Wandering Challenge

Page to post all my wonderings about the Wandering Wardrobe Challenge. For me it has been shortened to the Wandering Challenge as I'll also be using the challenge to motivate me to improve not just my wardrobe but other aspects of my SCA persona.

Starting with the wardrobe however...

Most of my wardrobe consists of outfits I've inherited or someone has made for me so I will be completely revamping my wardrobe.
My persona is that of a 16th century Valencian lady (though I may move her up the Spanish coast a little) who is married to a Florentine nobleman.
My inspiration for this challenge is Ghostanza Minerbetti's bridal trousseau which I will be attempting to emulate.
I'm aiming for roughly the 1550's with a Florentine based wardrobe as I think Margarita would be trying to fit in with her husband's household.


Interesting facts from the Minerbetti bridal trousseau:

Overgowns:
1
Gowns:
7
Camicie:
17
Aprons:
11
Handkerchiefs:
52
Headscarves:
4
Headdresses:
2
House/headcaps:
31

A little surprised by only the one overgown, to be honest. Also, the number of camicie, aprons, handkerchiefs and housecaps is astounding but makes complete sense when you start to think about. You'd be washing more of those items to keep the more expensive items cleaner. Wiping hands on handkerchiefs, rather than your clothes. Keeping muck from getting on your clothes by wearing an apron. I should start doing these things with my normal clothes!

I've left off anything that doesn't refer to what fabric it's made of but here is a fabric breakdown of the trousseau:

Silk:
1 Overgown
2 Gown
2 Flounced Gown
1 Pair of sleeves
1 Housecap
1 Hairnet (decorated with swan's-down)
7 Camicie
1 Headcap
1 Pair of Silk Gloves

Wool:
2 Dresses (specifically mentioned as dresses, instead of gowns??)
2 Pairs of woolen shoes

Velvet:
1 Pair of sleeves
1 Cap
2 Neckband

Linen:
8 Camicie
10 Aprons
14 Housecaps

Cotton:
1 Pair of sleeves
1 Apron

Taffeta:
4 Headcaps
1 Cap

So of the 7 gowns/dresses that Ghostanza took with her, 4 were made of silk, 2 of wool and 1 doesn't mention the fabric just that it is a housedress with sleeves and trim of green silk. I will definitely need to invest in more silk and wool.

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