The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing 16th Century Dress

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By Jane Malcolm-Davies and Ninya Mikhaila

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.

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, people's financial and social relationships with their clothes, and the changes in dress from birth to death. There is also general advice on choosing materials, construction methods, and an insight into the Tudor tailor's sewing kit.


- 160 pages
- 80 historical illustrations, many in colour
- Over 100 specially commissioned line drawings
- 36 patterns with full step-by-step instructions and photographs showing finished garments worn by real people.


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Alice 15 Oct, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful book with lots of pictures and explanations. Perfect for an advanced seamstress looking for historical details.

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Gilbert 04 Dec, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Extremely detailed book, with excellent patterns. However, the instructions on the patterns are definitely fairly advanced, so keep this in mind if you're buying this! Would absolutely recommend to anyone who isn't new to sewing.

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TheStrayNinja 25 Oct, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

A very fun and interesting read! Very in depth and easy to understand, thank you so much for this!

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PlatypusDream 09 Oct, 2019

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Top-notch, an excellent resource! Well packaged to arrive safely overseas. Seller combined shipping when asked. Thanks so much!

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