Tag Archive: 16th century

Dec 01

Late 16th/Early 17th century embroidered jacket


So, back in 2009 while strolling through the Los Angeles fabric district, I came across this fabric in a hole-in-the-wall store:   A lovely silk taffeta with the most spot-on reproduction machine Elizabethan embroidery I had ever seen.  And the guy had about 1.5 yards of it.  Naturally, I bought it all with the intent …

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Jan 22

‘Tudor Tailor’ kirtle and English Fitted Gown – complete!

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It’s done!  And I must admit, I’m fairly pleased with how it turned out.  Pleased enough that I already have a second ensemble planned out in my head – more neutral tones (a lovely brown/cream herringbone wool for the gown, and something more sedate for the kirtle), which I feel more comfortable in. Atlantia’s Twelfth …

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Dec 04

‘Tudor Tailor’ kirtle – progress!


Progress continues on the ‘Tudor Tailor’ kirtle! For the skirt, originally I had cut three 52″ rectangular panels of the silk, flatlined to 3.5oz linen, and tried to knife-pleat that to the bodice.  The skirt laughed at me.  No, really.  It doubled over in laughter at the IDEA that I could pleat that much fabric …

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Jul 29

This is what happens when we don’t do a toile!


Making progress on the blue rapier armor…. first test run, and overall it’s fine.  However, the sleeve caps got torqued forward an inch, which is going to drive me batty – but I’d have to take the whole damn thing apart to fix it, and I don’t think I’m going to. Other fixes: the breeches …

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Apr 22

16th c. blackwork coif – complete!


Blog entries discussing this project can be found here, here, here, and here. The Pattern:  Embroidered coifs were popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries – and it was common for women to purchase patterns or have a pattern traced out for them, so they could do their own embroidery.  Keeping with …

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Apr 16

16th c. monochrome embroidered coif – complete!


Well, complete… except for hemming, lining, and finishing.  But the HARD work is done. I learned a lot with this project – my embroidery and hand stitching definitely improved over the past year.  I don’t know if I’ll do another embroidery project like this again, but it was definitely a learning experience and I’m glad …

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Mar 16

16th c. Portraits

1560'sw - Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester.  By Steven van der Meulen, active 1543-1563, Netherlandish, active in Britain (from 1560), naturalized 1562

All images here from the Yale Center for British Art.   Shared here with permission, via their Creative Commons License.   TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Jan 15

Coif Progress and new resources!


We’re knee-deep in ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Rent’ at my schools – so my progress on the coif is slowing down a bit.  But I am still confident that I’ll be able to have this done for the spring.  All that’s left is a bit of fill-stitch, and then I’ll probably put some stipple stitch in the …

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Dec 31

Embroidered Elizabethan Coif – 1600


This beautiful embroidered coif lives at the MFA, Boston – accession number 1996.51.  It measures 9″ by 17″, linen cloth with silk and metallic thread.  I love, love, love the shading on this – it’s amazing what you can do with that stipple stitch! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Jan 22

Effigy Corset and Corded Petticoat


It’s been an updatin’ sort of week. New – a writeup on my Effigy Corset and Corded Petticoat. Currently the only photos I have of my Effigy Corset are these, which were taken in December 2007 – before I put the binding on. Obviously. 😉 The ‘Effigy Corset’ is one of the few extant 16th …

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