This full day’s programme of four workshops offer practical advice on recreating sixteenth century dress.
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
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.
There has been a great deal of number crunching at The Tudor Tailor since the Christmas break. Fabrics for 2015 costume projects can now be purchased with renewed confidence and less expense – especially if you are a man needing new hose. Not only is the colour range endorsed by new research but there is 10 per cent off all woollen fabric purchases until the end of January.
Seasons greetings to all our colleagues and customers! Thanks to everyone who has collaborated with us, supported our research, come to one of our events or bought from us this year. We wish you every success with your costume projects in 2015.
A successful foray into television has prompted an update to one of The Tudor Tailor’s best-loved patterns. Eager headdress researchers are already excited to see the information in a practical format. Ninya’s recent work with the BBC was an opportunity to put theory to the test and it passed with flying colours. The “gable hood” is now a “Tudor lady’s bonnet, frontlet, paste and edge” reflecting research published in The Queen’s Servants in 2011.