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Renaissance

Men’s 15th Century Clothing in Italy

Men’s 15th Century Clothing in Italy

From camisas to cintolas - Aylwen gives us an overview of Renaissance Italian men's fashion in the 15th century.

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Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Burgundian Gown and Kirtle

Discussing the cut of a late medieval kirtle and a very popular V neck gown, often simply referred to as the Burgundian gown.

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Authentic Handmade Trims

Authentic Handmade Trims

In this extensive beginner's guide, we'll look at lucet cording, fancy braiding and inkle and tablet weaving.

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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 Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

The Evolution of 16th Century Menswear

Building on her investigations into the evolution of women’s clothing in the sixteenth century, Julia now looks at the male wardrobe in the Tudor and Elizabethan periods.

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Turkish Dress in 16th Century Venice

Turkish Dress in 16th Century Venice

Fashion is a significant area of cultural borrowing. Sarah Lorraine examines the 16th century Venetian appropriation of Turkish dress. 

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Master Tailors' Exam and Books

Master Tailors' Exam and Books

Extant C16th garments are rare, but some tailoring books survive still. Marion explores the German and Austrian tailor's masterbook and the master tailor's exam.

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C16th English Knitted Sleeves

C16th English Knitted Sleeves

While 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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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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The Evolution of 16th Century Womenswear

The Evolution of 16th Century Womenswear

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Julia investigates the evolution of 16th century women's clothing, and the ramifications for Tudor costumers.

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Beyond the Flemish Peasant Dress

Beyond the Flemish Peasant Dress

There’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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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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Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Men’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Spanish Renaissance style can be tough to identify. Kate continues her field guide to Hispano-Flemish style by looking at men's fashions in 15th and 16th century Spain.

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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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Women’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Women’s Fashion in Spain 1480-1520

Spanish Renaissance clothing can be difficult to identify at first glance. Kate gives us a field guide to Hispano-Flemish ladies' style of the 15th & 16th centuries.

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Discovering Frances

Discovering Frances

Dressing 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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Katherine of Aragon

Katherine of Aragon

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!

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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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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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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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