- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Quite Specific Media (April 1 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896762556
- ISBN-13: 978-0896762558
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 726 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tudor Tailor, The: Techniques and Patterns for Making Historically Accurate Period Clothing Paperback – Apr 1 2006
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About the Author
Jane Malcolm-Davies has a Doctorate in Heritage Interpretation and was responsible for costume interpretation at Hampton Court Palace from 1992 to 2004. She trains staff for historic properties, including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, and consults for the National Trust. Ninya Mikhaila has run a business making reproduction historical costume since 1988. Her clients include The Royal Armouries, The National Trust, English Heritage and the Public Records Office. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It includes notes on history (with photos, sketches on development over time etc), notes on fabrics/colours, construction techniques (including types of stitches, details on things like how to make buttons from cloth or wooden beads), resizing information, preparation techniques (how to starch & dress a ruff), how to wear (well how do you put on a farthingale once you've made it?), how to fit items like hose, & how to put your hair up to fit under a coif.
This takes the excellent Janet Arnold books a stage further. The patterns are similar to the Janet Arnold series but with photos of people wearing made up costumes. As it is full of colour photos as well as detailed sketches, it makes an attractive book to skim through even if you have no intention of making up any of the garments.
Overall, I'm impressed.
It doesn't hurt that the clothes look gorgeous.
There's even little things that make it more useful. All measurements are in both metric AND imperial, there are instructions on how to alter the pattern sizes and how to fit close fitting garments (like bodies and hose) to the wearer.
Even if you don't sew, but just are interested in the period, the book is wonderfully well researched and has dozens of fantastic photographs that are a joy to look at.
I've been making and wearing renaissance costumes for years, but this is the only actual book on the subject I've ever purchased. And it's worth it.
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