How to make French Hoods
French hoods, the bejewelled headpieces of the Tudor era, seem to be one of the most mysterious and difficult to recreate items – a real challenge for any Tudor re-enactor wanting to portray an upp…
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Possibly Mary, Queen of Scots by ? (Burghley House Collection, Burghley House - Stamford, Lincolnshire UK) | Grand Ladies
Possibly Mary, Queen of Scots by ? (Burghley House Collection, Burghley House - Stamford, Lincolnshire UK)
"Whisk" Standing Collar
Editorial shots of my baroque whisk collar and corset. -It was an awesome experience being on set with the talented Lauren McLean Photography, and the lovely Tyler McClelland embodying the vision ! My concept for the costume pieces, was to challenge the…
ca. 1555 Caterina de' Medici by ? (Galleria degli Uffizi - Firenze, Toscana, Italy) | Grand Ladies
This image shows Catherine de Medici wearing one of the costliest gowns ever depicted. Besides being opulent, her gown is a tour-de-force in mid-century fashion. It has an early, conical, farthingale swelling from her hips, puffed and slashed false sleeves matching her kirtle, a French hood, and a full ruff made with an early form of lace such as point de Venise.
Broider Me 'Bethan
Here are some ideas for the other option that I am considering for my upcoming event - Elizabethan coats or 'frocks'. The advantages with this option are that I have several that are mostly finished, I am familiar with construction techniques, I have ironed out the kinks in my pattern, I have completed loose under-kirtles that are ready to wear, and I can make a low-necked version to help keep me cool. The disadvantage is that I really need to wear a hoop to make this style look it's best on…
Costume renaissance gris - Simplicity 7031 - Mes essais de costumes
Même si j'ai respecté le patron à la lettre, les premières découpes pour le corsage étaient beaucoup trop petites pour moi. J'avais déjà utilisé un patron Simplicity pour un autre modèle et là le corsage était beaucoup trop grand. Décidément, ils ne...
Embroidery stitches: blackwork - Peacock & Fig
Blackwork is one of the oldest embroidery stitches in the world, and also one of the most beautiful. In this video tutorial, you'll learn
Lady Mary Grey, sister of Jane Grey, granddaughter of Mary Tudor
Lady Mary Grey (1545–April 20, 1578), sometimes spelled Marie, was the third and last daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Lady Frances Brandon. She was a younger sister of Lady Jane Grey and Lady Catherine Grey. Her maternal grandparents were Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Mary Tudor, former Queen consort of France. Mary Tudor was the daughter of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York and a younger sister of Henry VIII of England. Mary Grey was described as the…