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How to Make an Elizabethan Wired Cap

SquarepicLinen caps and coifs are a common element in women's, and men's, wardrobes in the 16th century. Trystan shows us how to make a wired, Elizabethan version.

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Frances' Kirtle and Foresleeves

SquarepicA C16th lady of Frances' status must be properly turned out. Julia continues to investigate her Tudor noblewoman's wardrobe with Frances' kirtle and foresleeves.

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Frances' Hoods and Hair

squarepic Frances' Tudor hoods and hair are her crowning glory. Julia shows us how she created the classic Marian style hood and frontispiece of the mid-16th century.

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Frances' C16th Gown and Partlet

SquarepicWe return to the Tudor wardrobe of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, this week to look at her outer layers – the iconic French gown and typically Marian partlet.

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Frances' 16th Century Petticotes

SquarepicPreviously we explored Frances’ body linens as we began to piece together her Tudor noblewoman's wardrobe. This month we investigate more of her undies...

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Frances' 16th Century Linens and Underwear

SquarepicJulia continues her discovery of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk and her mid-16th century wardrobe, and walks us through the creation of her linens, smocks and underwear.

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Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

SquarepicWe've seen the Tudor wardrobe of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, take shape and now we join her in the bedchamber as she dresses in the finished clothes.

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Discovering Frances

SquarepicDressing a woman involves more than just recreating portraits. One has to know the person underneath - in this case, Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk.

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C16th Spanish Knitted Sleeves

squarepicKnitted sleeves are one of the less explored items of 16th century knitted clothing, but Sarah will show us how to roll up our sleeves and get started on scoggers.

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C16th English Knitted Sleeves

SquarepicWhile Spain had knitted sleeves in silk and wool, it seems England had wool sleeves alone. Sarah presents the evidence in preparation for making your own.

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Beyond the Flemish Peasant Dress

SquarepicThere’s more to the Low Countries than the familiar C16th Flemish 'peasant dress'. Holly explores the variations between different classes, trades and regions. 

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16th century Comparative Corsetry

Elizabeth Vernon, Countess of Southampton, 1590Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.

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