The Idea and Inspiration:
Elizabethan has never been my favourite period, but it’s certainly an incredibly popular one with historical costumers, thanks to the availability of Elizabethan themed events like Renaissance Fairs. Elizabethan events are few and far between here in NZ, but I still thought I should make an Elizabethan gown, just to fill that particular gap in my historical costuming wardrobe.
I’m aiming to create a gown that a mid-level aristocratic lady might wear to court: her very best wear.
Like all of my first attempts at a new era, I’m not aiming for total historical accuracy, just to get the fit and look reasonably correct.
My primary inspiration piece is Death & The Maiden, as an excellent example of the type of garment I’m aiming for, with excellent and easily copied design features:
Fabric and Materials:
- A set of large vintage cotton velvet curtains, a gift from the wonderful Lynne
- Linen facings and under-bodice
- Linen, cotton & silk thread to sew
- Metallic gold lace for decoration
The Undergarments & Accessories:
- At the moment I’m using my medieval nettle shift or my 18th c brown linen shift as make-do undergarments, but am working on a better example
- 1570-1600 Farthingale
- 1590s pair of bodies
- 1570s Ruff
The Dress Diary:
Research and helpful links:
- Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion: The Cut & Construction of Clothes for Men & Women c. 1560-1620. London: MacMillan, 1985
- Malcolm Davies, Jane & Ninya Mikhaila. The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress. London: Batsford, 2006