The Tudor Tailor


  • 160 pages
  • 80 historical illustrations, many in colour
  • Over 100 specially commissioned line drawings
  • 36 patterns with full step-by-step instructions and photographs showing finished garments worn by real people


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 just received my copy of the Tudor Tailor. It’s fantastic! Well done and congratulations! Thank you especially for your work on the lower classes. I have spent the last few years trying to sort out lower class garb to wear when camping.

— Katrina Hunt Canberra, Australia

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!”

— Ms J Mulroy Staffordshire, UK

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have just received your book. FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to show the other members of our club and the dancers that I belong to. Just with a cursory glance through and I have had a few questions answered already. I shall be recommending this book to everyone who asks or is involved in the scene over her in New Zealand. If you are going ahead to print another book please let me know.

— Lesley Antill Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand

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.

— L Diaz