The first four chapters provide a social history of clothes in the 16th century, drawing on the latest research and primary sources such as ordinary people’s wills and surviving royal records. There is discussion of the materials used, people’s financial and social relationships with their clothes, and the changes in dress from birth to death. There is as much emphasis on the clothes of ordinary people as there is on high fashion. There is also general advice on choosing materials, construction methods, and an insight into the Tudor tailor’s sewing kit.
I bought this out of interest to help my daughter with a project on the Tudors. What a mine of information it proved to be! I’m no great seamstress and the instructions took some careful reading but the patterns were excellent and my daughter is now the proud owner of an incredible costume. The historical detail was fascinating and thorough. If you are planning a historical reconstruction then this book is a must
Many congratulations to you on your lovely book – it arrived just before I went away for the week and it certainly brightened up my day and that of those around me
This long awaited book is a breath of fresh air for the die-hard renaissance costumier. Much of the book is devoted to offering the reader empirical evidence to support the reconstruction methods of these Tudor costumes. While the use of portraits in research in not so new, the combined use of portraits, extant articles of clothing, and up-close photographs of detailed carved monuments showing various styles of Tudor dress is impressive. The authors also make extensive use of primary documents, namely in the form of wills and household inventories. These go a long way to encourage accurate reproductions of Tudor clothing. The authors are keen to include clothing from all social classes, not just the nobility. There are many color photographs of portraits, actual extant artifacts, and reproduction garments.
This is the perfect book – the research is first class – it describes the fabrics, threads and colours that were used in Tudor times and also has a very useful pattern section in the second half of the book. I highly recommend this to both textile history students and re-enactment societies!”