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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.

If you would like to host a Tudor Tailor event, please contact Jane (visit “contact us” for details) to discuss prices and practicalities. We are based in the UK but happy to travel the world!
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 (www.reddogforge.co.uk) 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.

1 June 2014
Less is more – unless it’s lace

We are celebrating lace this month at The Tudor Tailor for two very good reasons. The first is that we have had a regular visitor to the shop over the past year who has made various purchases of lace and buttons. Little did we know that the customer was artist Sophie Ploeg and she was using the pieces in her latest works. The second cause for celebration is that we now have copies of a sumptuous new book of 17th century costume and textiles, including lace, from Glasgow Museums’ European costume collection for sale in the Tudor Tailor shop.

1 May 2014
Fit for purpose in Elizabethan England

Once upon a time there were three little girls – who went to Kentwell Hall in Suffolk – where the perilous business of recreating the sixteenth century is a daily challenge …

And they were each assigned very hazardous duties – explaining Tudor food, teaching court dances, and fletching arrows …

But I took them away from all that … and now they work for me, my name is The Tudor Tailor.