Renaissance Strawberry Dress



Kirsty Ann Mackay


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Other Credits

Photo credit for the Thumbnail image is Jon Habens

Outline the story …

A massive amount of the inspiration for this outfit comes from the fact that I had a deadline for a completely different event a week before the competition deadline. I was due to go to a LARP set in the mid 1400s Florence and needed a full wardrobe for three days; since doing a second costume would be mad, I decided to blend the two costume briefs. I then found the red and white fabric on eBay at a great price and I realised that it would make a great "Strawberry" dress.
So the idea for a Renaissance Strawberry Dress was born.

Outline the construction…

The bodice took several attempts to get right. I used the Tudor Tailor book to get a general idea of the shape and then did my best to drape it on myself. Once I felt the shape was right, I built it up with layers of canvas and felt pad stitched together, it still wasn't quite firm enough so I added some plastic boning to the sides next to where the lacing would go. I massively shortened the straps, and had to add ribbon loops instead of eyelets because the fabric was so prone to fraying. I had some more boning at the princess lines, but ended up removing them because they made the bust look odd. It is finished inside the bodice with a ribbon overlay.

On the back there are some patches made from red wool to protect some corners where the fabric immediately started to fray. I decorated with ribbon trim.

The skirt was relatively easy to put together, it was four panels of fabric made to measure from the floor to waist height. I then sewed pairs of panels into back and front panels before pleating them onto the front and back bodices. Then it was a simple matter of sewing up the sides to hip height and adding a thick trim along the bottom. I finished the bottom edge with hem tape, which secured the trim to the bottom of the skirt and kept the very fray-prone fabrics from turning into fluff.




  1. Avatar Stella of Stellarland on April 30, 2023 at 11:28 am

    It looks adorable on mannequin and elegant on You! (Both are good on my book.)

    • Avatar Anna-Catherine Sendgikoski on May 7, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      Very well done! I love this!!

  2. Avatar Lynne Eie on April 30, 2023 at 11:47 am

    🥰 I love this!

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