The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing 16th-century Dress

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Batsford, 2006 - Clothing and dress - 160 pages
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A valuable sourcebook for costume designers, dressmakers and those involved in historical reenactments, this book contains all the information you need to create authentic clothes from the Tudor period.

Computer-generated, historically accurate patterns enable you to make a wide range of garments, such as doublets, hose, bodices, skirts, hats and headdresses – even underwear. There are also plenty of ideas for decoration and embellishment such as ruffs, cuffs, collars, embroidery and other surface decoration.

The full range of Tudor society is represented, including lower- and middle-class clothing as well as the more sumptuous costumes from the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. There is also information on how to store and look after your finished clothing. In addition to the patterns, there are detailed drawings of each costume and information about historical context, including original paintings and source material.

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User Review  - Mozzie - LibraryThing

I've been waiting a long time to get my hands on this book. The patterns within are very well researched and the pictures are as inspirational as can be. I cannot wait to get started on my first Tudor gown using this book as one of my master references. Read full review

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If you like Tudor fashion you need this book. End of story, no questions asked. There are patterns to draft, instructions, close up beautiful photos, information on dye, jewelry and all that fun stuff! YOU NEED THIS BOOK Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Ninya Mikhaila has run a business making reproduction historical costume since 1988. Her clients include The Royal Armouries, The National Trust, English Heritage and the Public Records Office.

Jane Malcolm-Davies has a Doctorate in Heritage Interpretation and was responsible for costume interpretation at Hampton Court Palace from 1992 to 2004. She trains staff for historic properties, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, and consults for the National Trust.

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