An Early Tudor Outfit: Construction Basics
BasicsThere are a few things I am trying to achieve with this exploration into Tudor clothing.
- I want to accomplish clothing that is as close to the inspiration portrait and drawings as possible.
- The gable headdress, made for me as a gift by a friend, will be very important in this. She is doing a great job with the headdress.
- The look and fit of the bodice is important.
- It is important that the gown hug the upper arms tightly. This is against modern comfort and asthetics, but I know from experience it's actually not that difficult to wear. It is difficult to fit.
- I want to be as accurate in materials and techniques as possible.
- All sewing will be by hand. I hope to use period stitches and techniques here.
- All pattern making will be by enlarging basic tailor's patterns. I will not be using period tailors for this, although they are available. That is a bit beyond my reach, this time.
- Materials will be natural, silk, wool, linen and cotton.
- Kirtle is magenta wool suiting.
- Lower sleeves are silk taffeta
- Lining is linen on everything.
- Interlining is cotton.
- Gown is black cotton velveteen. I would have liked to use silk, but cost is a factor.
Sketches and Portraits
If you click on them, you'll be taken to a much larger version, in most cases.
Images from Wikimedia Commons.
Image from the British Museum Collection