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.

Detail of a painting by Sophie Ploeg featuring Schole-House lace from The Tudor Tailor

1 June 2014

Less is more – unless it’s lace

We are celebrating lace this month at The Tudor Tailor for two very good reasons. The first is that we have had a regular visitor to the shop over the past year who has made various purchases of lace and buttons. Little did we know that the customer was artist Sophie Ploeg and she was using the pieces in her latest works. The second cause for celebration is that we now have copies of a sumptuous new book of 17th century costume and textiles, including lace, from Glasgow Museums’ European costume collection for sale in the Tudor Tailor shop.

Weapons of choice for TheTudor Tailor team

1 May 2014

Fit for purpose in Elizabethan England

Once upon a time there were three little girls – who went to Kentwell Hall in Suffolk – where the perilous business of recreating the sixteenth century is a daily challenge …

And they were each assigned very hazardous duties – explaining Tudor food, teaching court dances, and fletching arrows …

But I took them away from all that … and now they work for me, my name is The Tudor Tailor.


24 April 2014

The White Lady plays host to The Tudor Child

The Tudor Tailor is delighted to announce that Ordsall Hall in Salford (near Manchester) will be home to The Tudor Child exhibition from Sunday 12 October 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015.


30 March 2014

It’s time to trim your Easter bonnet

It’s Easter this month and time to trim your bonnet! By the sixteenth century, the tradition of wearing new clothes for the Easter holiday was established. In Thomas Lodge’s Wits Miserie, published in 1596, he laments the farmer who sells his cow to buy silk clothes “against Easter”.


27 February 2014

St David’s Day discount in March

It’s St David’s Day on Saturday 1 March and time to celebrate all things Welsh. The Tudors were a powerful dynasty in Wales before they secured their rule over England in 1485, a period which saw the beginnings of Tudor fashion, which lasted more than a century.


2nd February 2014

Early Tudor romance – and discount!

February is a time for romance and who was more romantic than the young Henry VIII, when he had eyes only for Katherine of Aragon – before the five subsequent spouses!


4th January 2014

Doll’s head and hands available for a budding Dr Coppélius!

We are now offering our exclusive 16th century doll’s head-and-hands set for sale separately from the complete kits (which also include materials for the doll’s body, hair and stuffing).


1st December 2013

Seasons Greetings!

Season’s Greetings to all! The Tudor Tailor is launching the Christmas festivities with a brand new website – and a gift for all our colleagues and customers!