Resources

Welcome to the area of The Tudor Tailor website which is dedicated to providing additional tips and tools to assist those wishing to make up the patterns in our books.

Calling all knitters!

A valuable online resource for historical knitting is available thanks to Jane Malcolm-Davies’s Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship research into Early Modern knitted caps in museum collections. The website provides an introduction to the research project, which was funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, information about the citizen science activities it included and a list of the resulting publications. The Knitting in Early Modern Europe (KEME) database offers access to photographs and information about more than 60 knitted caps thought to date from the late 15th to the early 17th centuries. Jane undertook the research at the Centre for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen, where she still holds an associate professorship. The KEME project is now hosted by The Tudor Tailor.

A Stitch in Time

Ninya was a contributor to a six-part television series filmed in her studio in Nottingham which aired on BBC4 in 2018. A Stitch in Time, presented by fashion historian Amber Butchart, looks at how clothes were made in the past, and what reconstructing them can tell us about the people that wore them. The featured garments range from the 14th to the 18th centuries. It is frequently repeated on UK channels and is available in other countries too. Ninya hosts occasional Open Studio days showcasing a selection of the garments constructed during the television series and reveals behind-the-scenes insights into how they were researched and made. To keep up to date with further Stitch in Time events and activities, subscribe to The Tudor Tailor’s newsletter here.

Making guides

The Tudor Tailor

Since there wasn’t enough room to put everything into The Tudor Tailor that the authors would have ideally liked, it is hoped that this resource will provide useful information to support that which has already been published.

Useful measurements

Currency

A farthing = a quarter penny

1 shilling (1s) = 12 pence (12d)

1 pound (1l, 1li, £1) = 240 pence or 20 shillings

A mark ('money of account') = 13s 4d (2/3 of a £)

Half a mark = 6s 8d (1/3 of a £)

ob = obulu or 1/2 d

d = dimidium or 1/4 d

c16th numerals

1 i

8 viij

60 lx

2 ij

9 ix

70 lxx

3 iij

10 x

80 lxxx

4 iiij

20 xx

90 xc

5 v

30 xxx

100 C

6 vj

40 xl

500 D

7 vij

50 l

1000 M

c16th measurements

A yard = 36 inches

An English cloth yard - 37 inches

A nail - two and a quarter inches or 1/16 yard

English ell - 45 inches (1 1/4 yards)

Scots ell - 37 inches

Flemish ell - 27 inches

di, dim, dimidium = a half

Imperial Female Body Measurements (inches)

Size 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Bust 31 ½ 33 ½ 35 ½ 37 ½ 39 ½ >41 ½ 43 ½ 45 ½ 47 ½ 49 ½ 51 ½
Waist 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44
Hip 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
Neck to waist 15 ¾ 16 16 ¼ 16 ½ 16 ¾ 17 17 ¼ 17 ½ 17 ¾ 18 18 ½