1540's Tudor english dress

This english women costume was created according to The Tudor Tailor book in 2012. It includes a smock, a kirtle and a gown. The neck line and the cuffs of the smock is decorated with blackwork. 




It is very interesting design of a kirtle, which is a combination of corset and dress. Visible details of the kirtle (front part of the skirt, the back lower part of the skirt, the strap and the neckline) are sewn of silk taffeta. Most part of the bodice in front and behind, the back of the upper part of the skirt (which is not visible when the gown is worn) sewn of linen fabric



The neckline has the shape of a square in front and triangular behind. This cut prevents falling the shoulder straps off. The front part of the bodice is completely boned. The pattern of their arrangement is taken from the famous pair of bodies of Dorothea Sabina von Neuburg. There are no bones on the back. The back of the skirt is sewn into place with large folds. The kirtle is laced on the each side.

Furthermore, the detached sleeves are sewn of silk taffeta. They are fastened to the gown's sleeves, which creates the illusion of one whole under dress. The thin fabric of the shirt is specially outstretched through the junction of the sleeves' edges. 




The loosed gown is sewn of orange red jacquard with beautiful foliage very recognizable pattern for the Renaissance. The form and drapery of the gown's sleeves known as the "angel sleeves" is very characteristic for the first half of the XVI century. The sleeve was cut narrow in the shoulder and greatly enlarged in its lower part. The surplus length was turned out and fixed on the shoulder, showing a rich padding - fur in winter, velvet or silk for a summer dress. 




The gown is laced in front. There are bones on the both sides for prevent gathering of the fabric in the lacing area. When the dress is completely worn the lacing is covered with a placard fastened to the bodice with pins. The skirt of the gown has almost no folds in the front. They are all gathered on the back, as well as on the kirtle's skirt. 



Creator - Natalya Skornyakova.

Photographer - Olga Tarnavska.

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