T he Tudor Tailor brings the history of 16th-century clothing to life.The first four chapters provide a social history of clothes in the 16th century, drawing on the latest research and primary sources such as ordinary people’s wills and surviving royal records. There is discussion of the materials used (only some of which are familiar to today’s costume maker), people’s financial and social relationships with their clothes and the changes in dress from birth to death. There is as much emphasis on the clothes of ordinary people as there is on high fashion.
Accompanying the text is a dazzling selection of illustrations, including portraits from the period and extant examples of historic garments, plus specially commissioned line drawings showing Tudor dress decade by decade.
The book provides 36 patterns for specific garments typical of the era, from basic shirts and smocks to sumptuous outer clothing for the fashionable elite, also including accessories such as ruffs, cuffs, collars, hats and headdresses. Alongside the patterns are full step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams and photographs that show the finished garments worn by real people. There is also general advice on choosing materials, construction methods, and an insight into the Tudor tailor’s sewing kit.