1560s Black Damask Sottana
The fabric was the score of a lifetime – Silk/cotton tone on tone damask. I found it in a little fabric shop in Colechester, UK in 2005, and snapped up all of it, which amounted to about 7 meters. It then languished in my fabric stash for 9 years before one day it announced exactly what it wanted to become.
This gown follows the basic style of the 1560s Florentine sottana. It has a lightly boned bodice and laces on the side-back seams. The sleeves are buttoned on, and can be detached. I am currently working on a matching zimarra (loose gown) lined in pale pink/gold shot silk to wear over it. The gown is trimmed in 1/4″ wide black velvet ribbon. The sleeves were a major pain in the butt, but well worth it in the end.