The "Princess" Dress
Costume Analysis & Making of Hints
This gown has several parts. There is a brocade overdress that goes into a deep V in the front and possibly the back. It is split up the sides. A gold belt holds it together. The neck has gold trim on it. Under it is a deep wine colored velvet gown that has a white V shaped insert in the front. A white chemise (probably faked peacks out at the neckline and at the shoulders. The gauntlets are velvet and have gold trim on them in a diamond pattern. They are tied onto the gown with maroon cord. Cords attached to what appears to be buttons hold the gauntlet together at the back of the arm, and the elbow sticks out. The undersleeve fabric appears to be crinkled. This gown, like the Wine Velvet Ruins gown is less empire waisted than some of the others. Danielle wears a gold and ruby pendant which almost appears to be sewn to the shoulders of the gown, as you can't see the chain around her neck.
Someone on the Ever After yahoo group did some research and figured out the inspiration art from the Cosprop site. It's a fresco called "Visitation" and it's by Domenico Ghirlandaio, from 1486-1490. The costume looks very much like Danielle's.
I would try some of the standard commercial Renaissance type patterns and modify it.
Other pattern suggestions: Here is one alternative to commercial patterns that may work for Ever After/Italian Renaissance style gowns: http://www.mediaevalmisc.com/pp41-43.htm.
Amy let me know that http://www.sapphireandsage.com/ was making her a repro of the necklace worn with this costume for a reasonable price. You might want to inquire.
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