Making guides

The Tudor Tailor

Since there wasn’t enough room to put everything into The Tudor Tailor that the authors would have ideally liked, it is hoped that this resource will provide useful information to support that which has already been published.

Useful measurements

Currency

A farthing = a quarter penny

1 shilling (1s) = 12 pence (12d)

1 pound (1l, 1li, £1) = 240 pence or 20 shillings

A mark ('money of account') = 13s 4d (2/3 of a £)

Half a mark = 6s 8d (1/3 of a £)

ob = obulu or 1/2 d

d = dimidium or 1/4 d

c16th numerals

1 i

8 viij

60 lx

2 ij

9 ix

70 lxx

3 iij

10 x

80 lxxx

4 iiij

20 xx

90 xc

5 v

30 xxx

100 C

6 vj

40 xl

500 D

7 vij

50 l

1000 M

c16th measurements

A yard = 36 inches

An English cloth yard - 37 inches

A nail - two and a quarter inches or 1/16 yard

English ell - 45 inches (1 1/4 yards)

Scots ell - 37 inches

Flemish ell - 27 inches

di, dim, dimidium = a half

Imperial Female Body Measurements (inches)

Size 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28
Bust 31 ½ 33 ½ 35 ½ 37 ½ 39 ½ >41 ½ 43 ½ 45 ½ 47 ½ 49 ½ 51 ½
Waist 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44
Hip 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
Neck to waist 15 ¾ 16 16 ¼ 16 ½ 16 ¾ 17 17 ¼ 17 ½ 17 ¾ 18 18 ½