Practical Workshops

Choose either a full or half day's programme, offering a selection of workshops with practical advice on recreating sixteenth century dress.

Full Day's Programme: Choose 4 workshops (10am - 5pm)

Half Day's Programme: Choose 2 workshops (3 hours)

Choose your programme from the following:

The As I Lie Dying Programme

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.

The Court Life and Country Lore Programme

Gather thy thoughts

Investigate The Tudor Tailor’s approach to detective work in this hands-on opportunity to examine reconstructed garments based on a range of sources. Assess the evidence for Items used in Friday’s presentation and current works in progress for future publications. This exploration of an evidence-based approach suggests ways to create convincing historic dress with a story to to tell.

Cut thy cloth

Discover how the sixteenth century tailor made the most of limited resources. This demonstration of the tailor’s skill in piecing reveals how to make Tudor garments in an economical way. Experiment with period cutting techniques which achieve significant savings on cloth and provide an accurate sixteenth century look.

Spend thy shillings

Learn how to assess the appropriateness and accuracy of modern materials for reconstructing specific Tudor garments on a virtual sixteenth century shopping trip. Write a fabric wishlist to participate in activities focusing on fibres, colours and patterns with clues to cost-effective compromises to keep a project within budget. Each participant is invited to bring swatches or samples of fabrics they are considering using for a garment project. Please bring information on the price, availability (where and how easy it is to buy) and the fibres in each fabric.

Slash thy sleeves

Explore long-forgotten specialist techniques including hot printing, ravelling and pinking to transform plain materials into visually impressive textural delights. Discover how this attention to detail improves the visual impact of reconstructed sixteenth century clothing. Each participant is invited to bring fabric remnants (approximately a quarter of a yard) of silk (taffeta or satin), velvet and/or wool to share among the group.

The Tudor Wardrobe Programme

Guard thy gown

Explore long-forgotten specialist techniques including hot printing, ravelling and pinking to transform plain materials into visually impressive textural delights. Layering black on black, self-coloured trims, welting and guarding were all favoured embellishments in the Tudor era. Discover how this attention to detail improves the visual impact of reconstructed sixteenth century clothing.

Make no bones about it

A survey of the pictorial, archaeological and documentary sources tells the story of The Tudor Tailor’s pursuit of the Holbein look – for all shapes and sizes. A range of experimental approaches to constructing bodices demonstrates how Tudor women’s gowns were stiffened without bones to create the fashionable sixteenth century shape.

Off with their hoods

Discover the secrets of early Tudor headwear by practicing the techniques of hairlacing to provide a neat and secure foundation. Learn how to layer and pin the various elements, including pastes, bonnets, frontlets and hoods, for a portrait-perfect picture.

Search and research

Investigate The Tudor Tailor’s approach to detective work in this hands-on opportunity to examine reconstructed garments based on a range of sources. Assess the evidence for items used in The Tudor Wardrobe presentation and current works in progress for future publications. This exploration of an evidence-based approach suggests ways to create convincing historic dress with a story to tell.

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