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Elizabethan

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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The Phoenix Dress

The Phoenix Dress

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.

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Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 2 of 2

Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 2 of 2

Having explored the Elizabethan Royal Wardrobe, and met Walter Fysche's wife, we now look into how and why she might have dressed.

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Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 1

Walter Fyshe and the Queen’s Wardrobe, Part 1

Walter Fyshe was tailor to the Tudor Queen Elizabeth I. Julia looks into his life and work in the C16th via an exploration of the Queen's Wardrobe.

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Puritan Dress of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Puritan Dress of the 16th and 17th Centuries

There are many myths about Puritan clothing, but what's the truth behind the big white collars? Alison explores who they were and what they really wore...

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Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

Dressing Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

We'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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How to Make an Elizabethan Wired Cap

How to Make an Elizabethan Wired Cap

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.

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C16th Spanish Knitted Sleeves

C16th Spanish Knitted Sleeves

Knitted 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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Tudor Corset or Not to Corset...

Tudor Corset or Not to Corset...

Do you really need a corset with that 16th century gown? Maybe not. Kimiko explains why... and explores kirtles, bents and bodies to create the perfect silhouette.

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Setting 16th Century Ruffs

Setting 16th Century Ruffs

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.

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Making 16th Century Ruffs

Making 16th Century Ruffs

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.

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Monochromatic Embroidery

Monochromatic Embroidery

Monochromatic Embroidery is an umbrella term used to describe a type of embellishment popular during the 16th Century.

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16th Century Jewelry (2)

16th Century Jewelry (2)

Five simple techniques can make a wide range of jewelry to provide the finishing touch to your Tudor or Renaissance outfit.

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16th Century Jewelry, I

16th Century Jewelry, I

Accessories take an outfit from costume to clothing. A range of beautiful and authentic jewelry can be made using basic techniques.

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16th century Comparative Corsetry

16th century Comparative Corsetry

Comparing sixteenth century corset patterns to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each one on the body.

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16th and 17th c. Strap-work

16th and 17th c. Strap-work

Strap-work, an interesting and rich-looking technique, can enhance a garment without the need to spend a lot of money.

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Period Tassels III: Beaded Tassels

Period Tassels III: Beaded Tassels

This is the one you've been waiting for — let's bling out those costumes with some beautiful beaded tassels!

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How To Make Lace

How To Make Lace

No matter how good a garment is, it can always be improved by adding some lace. Izabela looks at Punto in Aria and bobbin lace.

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Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Fine Linen Fabric, Silk floss and Gilt

Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.

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Patterns of Fashion 4, reviewed by Marion McNealy

Patterns of Fashion 4, reviewed by Marion McNealy

The ten year wait for Janet Arnold's last work is over: Patterns of Fashion 4 is to be published on November 7th, and this month YWU is celebrating its release!

This extraordinary treasure trove, the final book in the series, has been completed with additional material by Jenny Tiramani and Santina M. Levey after Janet's passing in 1998. We've been smiling very sweetly at the publisher, and our grovelling has paid off with an advance copy. So Marion's ready to give you her exclusive review!

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