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). The new set, which was sculpted by Michael Perry for The Tudor Tailor, and is based on extant examples of Tudor dolls and their representations in paintings of the period. The head and hands were originally researched and designed for the reconstruction included in our book The Tudor Child: Clothing & Culture 1485 to 1625, where it features on the cover. The complete doll kits proved popular over the Christmas period but we thought we would give customers the opportunity to purchase the head and hands alone to make dolls from their own materials using the pattern in the book, or indeed any other 1/6th scale pattern. The sets are cast in resin and come with a basic painting guide. They cost £10 plus postage and packing. Unlike Dr Coppélius’s creation, we can’t guarantee your doll will come to life and dance for you – although it is still Christmastide, and, if you make a wish, you never know …
The new doll is available now in our shop.
There has been a great deal of number crunching at The Tudor Tailor since the Christmas break. Fabrics for 2015 costume projects can now be purchased with renewed confidence and less expense – especially if you are a man needing new hose. Not only is the colour range endorsed by new research but there is 10 per cent off all woollen fabric purchases until the end of January.
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.