Bess Chilver

Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

Drawn Threadwork Cuffs

This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.

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Tudor Cinderella (4)

Tudor Cinderella (4)

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.

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Tudor Cinderella (3)

Tudor Cinderella (3)

Mistress Etty’s smock, kirtle bodice, forepart and foresleeves are complete.  This month: completion of the kirtle, gown bodice and turnback sleeves.

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Tudor Cinderella (2)

Tudor Cinderella (2)

Making a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.

Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.

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Dressing the Tudor Cinderella

Dressing the Tudor Cinderella

Making the entire ensemble for a young Tudor gentry girl (all techniques and patterning can be applied to adult gowns.)

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The Veiled Lady

The Veiled Lady

What's more mysterious and dramatic than a veil? Bess outlines the veil's role as a fashion accessory and finishing touch to any Victorian ensemble. 

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