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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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British History Online: Wills and Port Records by Marion McNealy

British History Online: Wills and Port Records by Marion McNealy

...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! 

 

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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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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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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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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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Frances' Hoods and Hair

Frances' Hoods and Hair

Frances' Tudor hoods and hair are her crowning glory. Julia shows us how she created the classic Marian style hood and frontispiece of the mid-16th century.

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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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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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Frances' C16th Gown and Partlet

Frances' C16th Gown and Partlet

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.

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Frances' Kirtle and Foresleeves

Frances' Kirtle and Foresleeves

A C16th lady of Frances' status must be properly turned out. Julia continues to investigate her Tudor noblewoman's wardrobe with Frances' kirtle and foresleeves.

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Frances' 16th Century Petticotes

Frances' 16th Century Petticotes

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...

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Frances' 16th Century Linens and Underwear

Frances' 16th Century Linens and Underwear

Julia continues her discovery of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk and her mid-16th century wardrobe, and walks us through the creation of her linens, smocks and underwear.

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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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