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.
Caroline Johnson’s book The King’s Servants: Men’s dress at the accession of Henry VIII takes a detailed look at what men were wearing in Henry VII’s secure years as king and how fashions changed when his son Henry VIII came to the throne. It gives details of typical garments for the era between the battles of Bosworth (1485) and Flodden (1513).
The book is usually £15 but for the month of March, The Tudor Tailor is offering a 25 per cent discount making it a spring bargain at only £11. The discount also applies to the patterns based on Caroline’s research. Patterns for an early Tudor man’s doublet, hose, jacket and coat (smaller and larger sizes) are £26 (usually £35), a bonnet is £15 instead of £20.50 and shirts are also down to £15.
Visit www.tudortailor.com/publications to find out more about the book and see www.tudortailor.com/mens-patterns for information on the patterns. The prices will be automatically discounted from Saturday 1 March until the end of the month – enjoy browsing and shopping!
Diolch yn fawr iawn! (Thanks very much!)
Picture 1 (above): Richard Knox, curator of Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in Leicestershire, models a coat based on garments and fabrics issued by the Great Wardrobes of Henry VII and Henry VIII during the period 1498-1511; figures depicted in the Westminster Tournament Roll (1511) at The College of Arms in London; hose found at Kloster Alpirsbach in Germany (c1490-1529); and a man’s skirted coat (third quarter of the fifteenth century) which is at the Bernisches Historisches Museum in Switzerland. All of these sources are illustrated in The King’s Servants
Picture 2 (below): A Boy of the Leash was given both summer and winter liveries during the accounting year 1510-1511 at a total cost of £5 0s 2d which was paid by the royal wardrobe. The King’s Servants features many more illustrations by Michael Perry which suggest how the fabrics and other materials issued at the king’s expense were made into garments for men of different ranks – from lowly paupers to aristocratic henchmen.
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 …
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 (www.reddogforge.co.uk) 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.
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.