The long-held assumption that children were dressed as miniature adults in the 16th century is challenged by the findings of a detailed analysis of 1,155 images of children in a variety of sixteenth century artistic representations. Portraits and family paintings made up the largest proportion of the images (28 per cent), closely followed by effigies (24 per cent) and genre paintings (22 per cent). The results of this research were surprisingly robust: specific garments emerged as typical for particular age groups, some trends were consistent across all ranks of society, and there were clear fashions in children’s clothes through the time period which, in some cases, mirrored those for adults. The most interesting results were clear indications of the conventional petticoats for toddlers and long coats worn by small children of both sexes, an insight into “leading strings”, and the items which signalled growing maturity for older girls and youths.

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“Your book The Tudor Tailor is very helpful for a costume student and is a classroom essential. Thank you for a very informative, educational and entertaining talk!”

Stephanie Howell, 2nd year costume degree student
17 September 2014
Chicago calling – last chance to bag a bargain

The Tudor Tailor’s visit to Chicago is now only five weeks away and the deadline to book a place and be eligible for the participants’ 25 per cent discount on patterns and books is fast approaching. There are places available for the events on Fri 24 (evening) and Sun 26 October (day).

3 August 2014
High fives at The Tudor Tailor

It’s all high 5s at The Tudor Tailor right now. The Facebook page whizzed past the 5,000 likes milestone during July, which is certainly something to celebrate – and Jane turned 50! Please share in our happy news by buying from The Tudor Tailor shop on the 5 August when all books and patterns will cost a fiver …

30 June 2014
Get violent with your velvets

Get violent with your velvets under the expert eye of The Tudor Tailor using specially-designed, hand-made tools for the job. Ninya and Jane are working with Stephen Norris of Red Dog Forge ( to develop a brand new set of pinking tools, to be launched during their visit to Chicago’s Silver Linings Sewing Studio in October. The event features a hands-on workshop – Slash thy sleeves - with opportunities to try hot printing, ravelling and pinking using The Tudor Tailor’s newly-produced blades. The cast brass pinking tools are in production now (price to be confirmed) and will not be available to buy elsewhere until 1 December 2014. Participants who reserve places at the event in advance qualify for generous discounts on other products too but to whet everyone’s appetites, the team’s latest book The Tudor Child is on special offer at £18 for the month of July.