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“Sipres”, “fox poots” and “taberd sleeves” were a few of the challenging clues confronting The Tudor Tailor team in their detective work on the likely wardrobe of a gentlewoman at the court of the young Henry VIII. Detailed scrutiny of more than 200 sixteenth century documents produced several such conundrums. Fortunately, paintings provide solutions to some of the puzzles presented by the documents and details from contemporary accounts often fill gaps left by portraiture. The latest result of all this careful cross-referencing is The Queen’s Servants, a book illustrating fashion at the turn of the 15th to the 16th century. The frustrations of deciphering dog Latin in ancient handwriting and photographing effigies in dark corners of remote churches are illustrated with a dressing demonstration showing the layers required to create the fashionable silhouette for Dorathie Lenthorpe, a gentlewoman dressed at the king’s expense in 1514.

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“Thank you for the knowledge, and the laughs”

Regina Lawson, Renaisance Pleasure Faire, Santa Fe
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 (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.

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.

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.