As I lie Dying
See inside the wardrobes of two Elizabethan women living in England in the 1570s and go through their garments to discover how very differently they live their lives. Barbara Bundock, a much-married merchant’s widow, and Margery Trollope, a soap and candlemaker, meet for a gossip and to enjoy their favourite conversation – the ailments they suffer and their imminent gathering to heaven, which they have discussed weekly for more years than either can remember. Each is blessed with clothes that represent their wealth and standing among their neighbours. They are competitively well-informed as to the relative value of their dress: the raw materials, where they come from, who made them and how they rival each other in quality and cost. But their clothes also carry a heavy burden of responsibility as tokens to be passed on to friends and family. Not only must they decide who is most deserving of their own garments, there are many items of their husbands’, which demonstrate their doings in more detail than is necessarily comfortable. Barbara and Margery assess which of their grasping friends and family may benefit from the best rather than the worst items on offer.
Join Jane and Ninya for this lively presentation and dressing demonstration which draws on the wealth of material gathered by The Tudor Tailor team since the publication of The Tudor Tailor ten years ago, and gives enjoyable insights into the exciting new content of their forthcoming book The Typical Tudor.
The workshop days include four sessions based on the reconstructed garments used in the presentation:
Take a voyage of discovery
Investigate The Tudor Tailor’s approach to detective work in this hands-on opportunity to examine reconstructed mariners’ garments based on a range of sources. Assess the evidence for items used in the presentation and projects in progress for future publications. This exploration of an evidence-based approach suggests ways to create convincing historic dress with a story to tell.
Make no bones about It
A survey of pictorial, archaeological, and documentary sources tells the story of The Tudor Tailor’s pursuit of the picture perfect look—for all shapes and sizes. Test the sixteenth century-style materials available today to see how they work together to provide support. A range of experimental approaches to constructing bodices demonstrates how Tudor women’s gowns were stiffened without bones to create the fashionable and functional female shape.
Press, pleat, pin and paste
Discover the secrets of linen headwear by practicing the techniques of hairlacing to provide a neat and secure foundation. Help The Tudor Tailor make sense of the wide variety of linen rails described in sixteenth century women’s wills by experimenting with folding, layering and fastening the various elements, including cross cloths, kerchiefs, yard squares and bonnets.
Raise your cap
Compare and contrast different approaches to recreating sixteenth-century knitted garments. See evidence from original items, including magnified and microscopic views of stitches and yarn, to learn about the ubiquitous man’s cap and the centuries of sheep that contributed to its iconic status. Experiment with period techniques for fulling, teasing and raising the nap to achieve the faux velvet finish which made the knitted cap so desirable.
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