FOUNDATIONS REVEALED COMPETITION ENTRY
Catherine, The Spanish Princess
Outline the story …
My inspiration for my entry is the book The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory: Catherine of Aragon. I have always been extremely interested in Tudor era history and I decided to challenge myself with the Foundations Revealed 2021 competition by making an outfit that consists of nine separate pieces. I love the character of Catherine of Aragon because she is a strong and vibrant queen and I wanted to bring that to life with a bold and beautiful costume that would reflect her strength. Her style is influenced both by the traditional English clothing and her upbringing in Spain where mainland fashions influenced her dress I was able to incorporate aspects of both of these into my original design. My original design borrows aspects of historical costuming from the 1500s while tying in the whimsy and strength I associate with the character from reading the book.
Outline the construction…
This project was started with a budget of $100 (which ultimately came to $157 with the purchase of the crown) and was entirely made from reused/recycled materials. The main fabric (cream) was originally a tablecloth found at a thrift shop with other fabrics including thrifted remnants, curtains, and previously purchased materials (such as muslin). Originally I had planned on only making the skirt and vest but as I did more research into the layers required for a lady at the time I decided to push things farther by including stays and a shift.
The part of this build that I am the proudest of are the stays. I have never made anything like them before and have always felt intimidated by the thought of making corseted undergarments. I used zip ties as the boning to keep costs down and made my own binding which was hand sewn to the garment. This piece took much longer than I thought it would take but I'm so proud that I made it into one of the most beautiful parts of my ensemble.