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”. If new clothes stretched the household budget too far, old clothes could be altered, “turned” or trimmed in celebration of spring and renewal.
Gina Barrett’s series of books and DVDs give detailed step-by-step instructions for making braids, cords, tassels and buttons suitable for rejuvenating, embellishing and fastening period garments. The Tudor Tailor is offering a 20 per cent discount on the entire range for April, so you won’t need to sell your cow in order to cut a dash!
The Making braids & cords and Making tassels DVDs are usually priced at £17 but are reduced to £14 for the month of April. The Making more buttons double DVD is reduced from £25 to £20 and Gina’s book Buttons: A passementerie workshop manual, usually priced at £19, is available at £15.
The photographs show a range of braids and cords for which instructions are provided in Gina’s Making braids & cords DVD and a delicate handmade silk cord holding Lady Mary Feilding’s reproduction ruff in place in a style typical of late Tudor costume (as featured in The Tudor Child – visit www.tudortailor.com/the-tudor-child to discover more of the lovely details hidden in this book).
Visit www.tudortailor/shop to see the whole range. The prices for this month’s special offers will be automatically discounted from Tuesday 1 April until the end of the month – enjoy browsing and shopping at www.tudortailor.com!
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.