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Introducing my Kentwell Costume [ Tudor ] Sewing blog

Kentwell costuming – The preamble[technorati 7DXSZYM495ZD ] in august of last year we went to a tudor recreation at Kentwell Hall. My elder daughter fell in love with the idea of being a tudor reenactor there. we visited again at … Continue reading

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Simple girl’s shift [1556 Kentwell]

Just reminding that for costume making I will be following the tudor costume page and advice from previous participants and ‘kentwell elves’ on materials suitability and for the difficult bits [ie kirtle bodice ] I am currently a hoping-to-be re-enactor … Continue reading

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collared and cuffed shift [smock/chemise] [1556 Kentwell]

Just reminding that for costume making I will be following the tudor costume page and advice from previous participants and ‘kentwell elves’ on materials suitability and for the difficult bits [ie kirtle bodice ] I am currently a hoping-to-be re-enactor … Continue reading

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Simple half-kirtle [petticoat without bodice] [1556 Kentwell]

Kentwell costuming – The Petticoate – Children version Just remind that for costume making I will be following the tudor costume page fairly slavishly the tudor tailor book and nearer the time costume elves [!] for the difficult bits I … Continue reading

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Mid-Tudor working women/girl’s kirtle [1556 Kentwell] 3 variations

I wrote this post originally in April 2012 after we had been accepted as participants for Kentwell in their summer recreation. I only bought the wool after this point and had completed the linens previously. Buying wool for the novice … Continue reading

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Tudor Woman’s Petticoate-Bodies [1556 Kentwell] – updated

Just reminding that for costume making I will be following the tudor costume page and advice from previous participants and ‘kentwell elves’ on materials suitability and for the difficult bits [ie kirtle bodice ] I am currently a hoping-to-be re-enactor … Continue reading

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Pourpoint/male petticoate and Partlet [1556 Kentwell]

I am currently not a re-enactor, but have visited Kentwell [see preamble] and we are really keen as a family to join the tudors. Other people I know have found the mediaeval tailors assistant to be really helpful for clothes, … Continue reading

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Mid Tudor Working Man’s Hose [1556 Kentwell]

I wrote this post originally in April 2012 after we had been accepted as participants for Kentwell in their summer recreation. I only bought the wool after this point and had completed the linens previously. Buying wool for the novice … Continue reading

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Mid-Tudor Man’s Jerkin [1556 Kentwell]

I wrote this post originally in May 2012 after we had been accepted as participants for Kentwell in their summer recreation. I only bought the wool after this point and had completed the linens previously. Buying wool for the novice … Continue reading

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A Variety of Linen Coifs [1556 Kentwell]

Just reminding that for costume making I will be following the tudor costume page and advice from previous participants and ‘kentwell elves’ on materials suitability and for the difficult bits [ie kirtle bodice ] I am currently a hoping-to-be re-enactor … Continue reading

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Tudor bonnets [soft hats] [1556 Kentwell]

I wrote this post originally in April 2012 after we had been accepted as participants for Kentwell in their summer recreation. I only bought the wool after this point and had completed the linens previously. Buying wool for the novice … Continue reading

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Various Jackets – [1556 Kentwell]

These were the last things that I made before Kentwell, and one is utterly shapeless for BB, and the other started off life as the waistcoat in tudor tailor, but I abandoned that as my wool was too thick for … Continue reading

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mend and do! Sept 2012

Well, I decided before getting too carried away with making some new things for next year that I should,really, fix the things from this year! Not too much needs a major fix, but lots of little fixes. The only real … Continue reading

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Making Tudor Costume – Year 2 [ Kentwell 1559] 2013

Having re-enacted this year and looked most closely at various clothes others were wearing, i have a list of what I will make for next year. definites: 2 x posh shifts for SB – possibly a square neck one and … Continue reading

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A onepiece tudor linen coif [Kentwell 1559]

Having successfully clothed the 4 of us for Kentwell in 2012/1556 I have returned to make some improvements for next year! [or maybe even Michaelmas if we do that] . On my list is to try a few coif designs … Continue reading

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Higher Class Tudor Shift – [ Kentwell 1559]

sewing for Kentwell 2013 has begun in seriousness. I have begun a rather posher shift for SB that I hope to take to open day and see what Bess makes of it. Hopefully it wont need too much reworking! If … Continue reading

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A lower to middle class partlet [Kentwell 1559]

This was for SB. I followed essentially the same steps as for my own partlet 1556 but have used a light black wool for the outer and a white linen inner. This is a bit warmer. I also used the … Continue reading

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Adding length to DD1 kirtle – sleeves and skirt [Kentwell1559]

As with all children, there is a reasonable chance of growth between one year and the next. DD2 hasn’t much, so not much to do there. DD1 has a lot! Well, she is approaching her teenage years, and sprouting up … Continue reading

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Adding a Guard to a Kirtle [Kentwell 1559]

At open day this year, chatting with the ‘elves’ about DD1′s rich partlet and shift, we also discussed adding a guard to kirtles for that uber authentic tudor look. I like the look of a guard, so took in that … Continue reading

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decorative binding for kirtle sleeve [Kentwell 1559]

I usually wear my kirtle sleeve ‘revers’ – ie the cuffs turned back, which shows the linen join to the wool inside. This is neat enough but not particularly sewn with the intention of being viewed, and having heard other … Continue reading

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Kentwell 1559 costumes approved

Sign off pictures: we are all signed off and approved for Kentwell 2013 – 1559 . I do need to complete the silk partlet for DD1 ‘rich’ outfit though. DH There is also no change from last year. no new … Continue reading

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Upper class silk partlet [Kentwell 1559]

The Rich Partlet i have approached this with some trepidation! It is good that the poor partlet is fine, but i have spent this eve toile-ing for the richer partlet and will have Bess-the-elf look at the pics and see … Continue reading

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Red Petticoate Bodies [Kentwell 1578]

the wills of the tudor ties show that rd was a good colour for a petticoat! the term kirtle and petticoat are variously synonymous and confusing to non historical textile specialists! However, a bodied petticoat can be of all wool … Continue reading

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Girls Waistcoat [Kentwell 1578]

So, our foster daughter has her petticoate bodies, and is very happy with it. However, she does need to have sleeves to put over when not working, and if gentry should pass by. the prefered Kentwell option at this time … Continue reading

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Kentwell 1578 Costumes Approved

Sign off pictures: we are nearly all signed off and approved for Kentwell 2014 – 1578 . DH There is currently no change from last year. no new items and no adjustments. He is signed off in this. However, if … Continue reading

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man’s plain doublet [Kentwell 1578]

Of course, there is always that last sewing job to be done in a complete rush before Kentwell. This was made every evening in the fortnight leading up to Kentwell and approved on site – this is a bit of … Continue reading

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