Just before Pennsic 2022, I decided that I wanted, nay, NEEDED, a new gamurra, the quintessential foundational gown of 15th century Italy. You see, all of my current such gowns had grown threadbare, not very prestigious for a Contessa!

My goal was to complete it in time to wear at the event, roughly two weeks to complete it.  And I wanted to incorporate my latest research and discoveries from the past several years into the project. My intention was to create a gamurra that would not require the assistance of a lady-in-waiting but that would still prove a suitably aristocratic garment.

What I thought would be a 20 minute project journal total as now grown into something much larger. Here is Part I, which focuses on the the research, conception and cutting phases, making it a good guide to accompany you through your own creative journey!