T he Tudor Child provides a social history of babies and children from the late fifteenth century of the Jacobean era, drawing on brand new research into primary sources such as ordinary people’s wills, household accounts and a survey of more than a thousand contemporary swaddling infants, boys in skirts and stiffed bodies for young girls.

The team responsible for The Tudor Tailor devised 40 detailed patterns with step-by-step instructions for making garments for infants, and small children and youths (from newborns to 12-year-olds).

The book is illustrated with sumptuous reproduction of paintings from museum collections, specially commissioned photographs of reconstructed garments, and detailed drawings and diagrams showing styles appropriate to different ranks and eras from 1485 to 1625.

This is an essential guide for students of sixteenth century dress and an asset to anyone interested in accurately reproducing clothing of the era.

160 full-color pages , 80 illustrations, line drawings, plus 40 patterns with step-by-step instruction for recreating 12 complete sets of clothes with headwear, plus additional instructions for knitted items including stockings, caps, and mittens.

9 x 11 in.


Jane Huggett is a costumier, dress historian, and professional tailor specializing in reproductions of historical clothes. She has been making reconstruction of historic dress for museums and heritage sites since 1987. In this time she has supplied a wide range of clients including Past Pleasures (Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and the Mary Rose Trust), JMD & Co (Hampton Court Palace), SeaCity, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, the National Trust, Warwick Castle, Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum and Beaulieu National Motor Museum.

Ninya Mikhaila has been making reproduction historical costumes since 1988. She established her business in 1994 after gaining a Higher National Diploma in Costume Interpretation at the London College of Fashion. She has been the principal maker for JMD&Co since then. Her other clients include the Royal Armouries, Historic Royal Palaces, The National Trust, English Heritage and The National Archives.

Jane Malcolm-Davies is director of JMD&Co, a live interpretation consultancy. She managed costumed interpretation at Hampton Court Palace from 1992 to 2004 and was lecturer in leisure management at the University of Surrey, where she gained her doctorate in heritage interpretation, until 2005. Her current work includes training front-of-house staff for historic properties, including Buckingham Palace. Jane also undertakes interpretation, evaluation and other visitor studies for heritage organizations such as The National Trust and Historic Scotland.

“A feast of fascinating information and wonderful pictures, a stunning combination of original research and practical application … I find the author’s extensive use of original sources not only exceptionally useful but also highly entertaining”
— Alison Weir, Historian, Author, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII: The King and His Court, Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

“I think this book is fabulous and takes The Tudor Tailor to another level.”
— Janet Wood, retired conservator, Historic Royal Palaces, UK

“A beautiful well considered and curated exhibition too, a great credit to you all. It also proves good accurate drawings that are aesthetically pleasing are just as relevant today as when Janet Arnold was drawing”
—Judy Tregidden, vice chairman, The Costume Society

Exquisitely illustrated, the book details through paintings, sculpture, line drawings and photographs of reconstructed costumes, the clothing children of the period wore in beautiful detail … the book is so beautifully illustrated, richly researched and interesting, all Tudor history enthusiasts will certainly find this a highly welcome addition to their book collections.”
—Queen Anne Boleyn, Historical Writers Online Forum

A feast of fascinating information and wonderful pictures.

Takes The Tudor Tailor to another level.

Beautifully illustrated, richly researched.