The coat and camica are done! Yay! The client came last night for a fitting last night and the coat itself fit well and she was quite happy, but I had failed to up underarm gussets in the camica, which turned out to be desperately needed, so I put those in this morning. That's what happens when you make a thing in 3 days with no chance for a fitting. It's much better now, and we were able to get it placed well enough to see that the neck draping will work perfectly. I may actually have the neck a little too wide, but that should be easily solved with a few pins. It will work out perfectly if she ever decides to do an actual Italian gown.
In other later-period costuming news, Kendra at Demode posted yesterday about a fantastic resource for those of you/us interested in 16th century costume. She found a scanned PDF of a book by Lucas de Heere with some really fantastic illustrations of contemporary costume, a couple of which I have not seen before (and I have done a lot of research into this period from my Faire days). What's really great about de Heere is that he's drawn common people, not just the aristocracy.