Newly-married Lady Mary Talbot believes herself to be with child and has summoned a wet-nurse from the country to see if she if suitable to care for her infant when it is born. Goodwife Nan Gotobed has a long history of suckling other women’s children, although none so grand as Lady Mary’s. Nan has strong opinions on what a mother-to-be should wear and do and is keen to share her words of wisdom. Lady Mary has been attentive to advice from her relations and manuals on childrearing. This insight into the dress of an Elizabethan court lady and a country woman includes an entertaining dressing demonstration revealing how women managed their clothes as pregnancy progressed and they prepared themselves for motherhood.
Seasons greetings to all our colleagues and customers! Thanks to everyone who has collaborated with us, supported our research, come to one of our events or bought from us this year. We wish you every success with your costume projects in 2015.
A successful foray into television has prompted an update to one of The Tudor Tailor’s best-loved patterns. Eager headdress researchers are already excited to see the information in a practical format. Ninya’s recent work with the BBC was an opportunity to put theory to the test and it passed with flying colours. The “gable hood” is now a “Tudor lady’s bonnet, frontlet, paste and edge” reflecting research published in The Queen’s Servants in 2011.
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).