Last year I became pregnant with my first son. While this event forced me to step back from the more physical aspects of the SCA, I still wanted to remain present as a late period Italian costumer. As a result, I did some visual research and settled on recreating the gown worn by the sitter in Parmigianino’s “Antea (Portrait of a Young Woman)” from the 1530’s. After which, I made a copy and proceeded to wear it throughout my pregnancy and well into postpartum with great success. I loved wearing it so much that I had returned to do more thorough research into historical maternity wear and created a more period-correct version to wear at Pennsic 49 while breastfeeding my infant.
THL Fede di Fiore
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