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.
“Girl with a Guitar”
1670’s Silk Bodice – Outside Front.
1670’s Silk Bodice – Outside Back with Lacing Loops.