Dressing the Tudors

This weekend it was finally time for “Dressing the Tudors” – workshops and seminars about Tudor clothing together with the authors of the book Tudor Tailor that I bought almost 10 years ago. It all started with a demonstration – what would a lady at the Elizabethan court wear in 1603? She started off with quite an informal outfit – a waistcoat, an open gown, a silk skirt and an apron. After getting some help from the silk dealer, she was ready for the masked ball.

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Later this weekend followed four workshops. “Gather thy thoughts” was the first one. On how to use pictures, extant garments and documentary evidence to recreate Tudor garments.

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Jane Malcolm-Davies on documentary evidence from the Tudor period

The second workshop was called “Cut thy cloth” – on how to lay out your pattern pieces in the most economical and Tudor way. Piecing is the Tudor thing!

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Next came “Spend thy shillings”. On Tudor and modern material. What to use and where to find it. I just loved this project plan below!

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Finally it was time for “Slash thy sleeves” – on how to pink and stamp your fabric to create that unique Tudor look.

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Ninya Mikhaila is demonstrating different pinking methods

All in all I had a really good time. Some things I already knew, but some thing were completely knew, especially the last workshop that included several techniques that I had never tried before. Now I’m looking forward to their next book, “Typical Tudors” – on how common Tudor people dressed. Until then I have a “white cottoned waistcoat” to finish!

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