“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
17 September 2014
Chicago calling – last chance to bag a bargain

The Tudor Tailor’s visit to Chicago is now only five weeks away and the deadline to book a place and be eligible for the participants’ 25 per cent discount on patterns and books is fast approaching. There are places available for the events on Fri 24 (evening) and Sun 26 October (day).

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.