‘I know the young gentlewoman; she has good gifts’ - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, scene 1


The Tudor Tailor team aims to provide research, resources and inspiration for people who enjoy learning about 16th century dress - for fun, for educational projects, for reenactment events, for heritage sites, for stage plays and for screen productions. 

The collaborative team is headed by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, who specialise in the social history of dress with practical guidance on reconstructing historic clothing for interpretive projects. They combine meticulous research with an irreverent attitude offering scholarly information with a sense of humour. 

The Tudor Tailor develops entertaining events, creates bespoke reconstructions of historic dress, and designs exhibitions in partnership with clients in the UK, north America and across Europe. 

The team recently published a new book which updates and expands The Tudor Tailor (2006). The Typical Tudor concentrates on the clothing of the middling to lower sort in the 16th century.

Buy The Typical Tudor

This eagerly awaited follow up toThe Tudor Tailor presents a fascinating introduction to the range of garments worn by ordinary men and women 500 years ago.

Missing Persons Online: The Garment Autopsy

Join Jane and Ninya to relive the exciting revelation of a previously unpublished Tudor garment. A detailed examination of a recently discovered 16th century farthingale sleeve is the focus of the next Tudor Tailor online event.

Visit The Tudor Tailor shop

If you're busy planning your next project then make sure you pop over to our Etsy shop where we sell a large collection of books and resources for making historic costume.

Who do you think you were?

Each episode of our YouTube series showcases a specific garment featured in The Typical Tudor; bringing to life one of the many individuals whose wills make up the data on which the book is based.

Latest News

November 23, 2023

‘I know the young gentlewoman; she has good gifts’ - Merry Wives of Windsor, Act I, scene 1

The much-anticipated Farthingale Sleeves Kit is now available to buy in The Tudor Tailor’s online shop. The kit contains everything necessary to make a pair of farthingale sleeves.

November 1, 2023

‘You and your crafts! You have crafted fair!’ - Coriolanus, act IV, scene 6

The Tudor Tailor is ready for the Christmas rush with exciting new kits to help with the reconstruction of those fiddly, fancy and fantastic bits and pieces that make all the difference to your festive Tudor look.

September 27, 2023

‘… my love was crafty love’ - King John, act IV scene 1

Michaelmas at the end of September was a traditional quarter day in the Tudor calendar. It was when rents were paid and people were given their wages. It was a good time to plan food for the winter and Christmas expenditure.

They were so helpful in working with me to get exactly the length and color I needed. GREAT! I bought buttons from them also and they were beautiful! My Mayflower voyager jacket is perfect!

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