The chaperon was a popular men's hat in mid-15th century Europe. Constance introduces her interpretation of this iconic medieval style of headwear.
Mention a medieval dress to someone, and odds are they'll imagine a bliaut. Izabela walks us through the construction of this iconic 12th century dress.
Early medieval clothing: a potato sack with a girdle? Not necessarily: here lies an astonishing wealth of fabric, colour & detail.
Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.
Study & construction of these two garments, plus how to make a fashionable gown/jacket worn over the doublet.
There's life in that old dress yet. Julia shows how she remade an old early C16th gown into a new Elizabethan one for her daughter.
Having explored the Elizabethan Royal Wardrobe, and met Walter Fysche's wife, we now look into how and why she might have dressed.
Linen 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.
We 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.
Once you've made a ruff, it just needs starching and setting. Constance shows us how to finish off this most iconic of garments to compliment your Tudor costumes.
Few garments are as instantly recognizable as the 16th century ruff. Constance shows us how to make the perfect finishing touch to your Elizabethan costume.
Previously we explored Frances’ body linens as we began to piece together her Tudor noblewoman's wardrobe. This month we investigate more of her undies...
There are many Tudor dresses of 1530 and later on the re-enactors' circuit, but few earlier ones. Let's go back to 1510 and do something different!
In this final part of the series, we will complete the skirt to the gown and the hood and see Mistress Etty in her completed gown at Kentwell.
Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete. This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.
Making a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.
Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.
Making the entire ensemble for a young Tudor gentry girl (all techniques and patterning can be applied to adult gowns.)
Theories and new ideas on how French Hoods were likely constructed 1530-60, and their evolution afterwards.
Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.
Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.