Constance’s Vermeer Portrait

"Girl with a Guitar"

Constance recieved a tiny Lute from my son at Christmas in 2009.  The month of December on my mother’s Vermeer wall calendar that year, showed the  “Girl with a Guitar”. I took one look at the guitar in the picture and went off on a sewing jag that lasted for weeks.  The result was a 1670’s outfit for Constance based on the painting, and a photo session during which Constance found it no hardship at all to sit “perfectly still without moving so much as an eyelash”… her spirit was willing to learn to play the instrument but alas, her pegs were not.

Click this link for a look at an excellent website about the real Vermeer painting. If you click on the painting in that website, you get interesting  information on different aspects of life and times in the late 1600’s.

Sewing details of Constance’s outfit were taken recently.  Click on any picture to launch the Gallery, and then use forward and backward arrows to navigate, and “ESC” to get back here.

Thanks to the amazing ehpem for the detail photos.

20 thoughts on “Constance’s Vermeer Portrait

  1. Holey Moley!! that is more than incredible!!
    I am enjoying the detail photos – great picture of Constance – She looks just like the original in her photo!!

  2. Stunning and inspirational! Thank you so much for the detailed photos as well as the link to Vermeer…. and the lovely Constance in yet another historical journey!

  3. Oh my! Even the background painting matches the original, as do the shadows! Great set-up! Ann S.

  4. Just amazing. Constance looks so pretty in this outfit. Thanks for the link to Vermeer. Wish I could sew. It looks like so much fun. thanks for all the details. So so beautiful. I just love your Constance and all that she does. She is definitely a hitty with a mind of her own.

  5. Thanks for your nice comments, Marilyn, I really enjoyed making the clothing, and Constance enjoyed posing for the picture (wish I could afford the yardage for a Human-sized silk jacket!!)

    • Thanks, Denise…I love to sew…only problem is Constance’s closets are bulging. Probably I need more Hittys so they can wear some of the the clothes, so there is more room in the closets!

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  7. I take my feathered, gathered hat off to you. That outfit is wonderful, so well researched, such tiny stitches. Hitty Lucy has been sitting motionless looking at the photos with her mouth open. Then the eyes flickered up to me and back to the clothes.
    I salute you!!

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