The Florence Files: Grey Damask Zimarra
Recreated by La Signora Onorata Katerina da Brescia.






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> Construction:
However, my material was a loose weave cotton, so I used some of the lining linen on the upper pattern to reduce the chance of the material distorting over the shoulders. I used the pattern for my cappotto/dutch cloak, and lengthened it. Next, I made the white bias for the clipped edging. 
Examples of the clipped edging can be seen in Florentine portraits, such as the Portrait of Eleanora di Toledo, 1560, on the right.
The edging was sewn around the entire front, hem and neck edging, then the edge was hand oversewn with running stitch.
Decorations:
As you may have worked out, I love buttons as a decoration. My inspiration had buttons, alternating with loop closures. I made over 30 buttons, using a wooden bead as a core.

I used left over lilac linen to line the zimmara and finally wore it to Lochac Midwinter Coronation , held locally in Innilgard.







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