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!
This month, you may watch in amusement as I wrangle with a subject I know very little about.
If you're as briefly acquainted with Tudor and Elizabethan costume as I am, prepare for a treat as we "ooh" and "aah" together over a new and wonderful branch of costume. Meanwhile, if this is your thang, you may alternatively watch in the aforementioned amusement and then go off to our Website of the Month in informed adoration of your very favourite thing.
...to Elsabet Rowth one kyrtyll of worsted upper bodyed with blew satyn of bryderies...
The British History Online site is a wonderful source of first hand information about the clothing and material objects of daily life in Tudor England.
Come explore the riches with us!
This is the one you've been waiting for — let's bling out those costumes with some beautiful beaded tassels!
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.
Details on where to get quality materials to re-create all kinds of extant ruffs, collars, smocks, shifts and chemises.
This versatile technique is seen from very early medieval period right through to the twentieth century and on all kinds of linen items.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monochromatic Embroidery is an umbrella term used to describe a type of embellishment popular during the 16th Century.
Five simple techniques can make a wide range of jewelry to provide the finishing touch to your Tudor or Renaissance outfit.
Accessories take an outfit from costume to clothing. A range of beautiful and authentic jewelry can be made using basic techniques.