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Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

Interpretation of the Medieval Chaperon

The chaperon was a popular men's hat in mid-15th century Europe. Constance introduces her interpretation of this iconic medieval style of headwear.

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12th Century Dress – The Bliaut

 12th Century Dress – The Bliaut

Mention a medieval dress to someone, and odds are they'll imagine a bliaut. Izabela walks us through the construction of this iconic 12th century dress.

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Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Anglo-Saxon Clothing

Early medieval clothing: a potato sack with a girdle? Not necessarily: here lies an astonishing wealth of fabric, colour & detail.

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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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15th c. Doublets and Jackets

15th c. Doublets and Jackets

Study & construction of these two garments, plus how to make a fashionable gown/jacket worn over the doublet.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reconstructing The French Hood

Reconstructing The French Hood

Theories and new ideas on how French Hoods were likely constructed 1530-60, and their evolution afterwards.

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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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The La Maupin Mantua

The La Maupin Mantua

Mantuas of the late C17th & early C18th are gorgeous but often underrepresented in historical clothing. Izabela describes the making of her mantua gown.

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