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Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:57 am
by seesinsilhouette
I've been invited to take part in an Elizabethan living history event and need some advice on an outfit. My area of experience is limited to WOTR so I am unfamiliar with what to wear in this late Tudor period.

I will be portraying a low status role mainly performing menial tasks, eg chopping wood etc. So the clothes would need to be simple and practical. And clues on accessories would be most welcome also.

Many thanks

Michael

Re: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:53 pm
by Dathi
http://inacentaur.com/hamletblog/2007/1 ... on-gentry/

will help...:-)

Materials.
Doublet of linen canvas or fustians, maybe leather.
Jerkin of leather or frieze or rugge for warmth or protection from brambles
Hose from kersey or or russet fabric.
Coat or gown of frieze or rugge for warmth. Cotton for linings, again for warmth (that's wool cotton)

See http://www.stuart-hmaltd.com/historical_fabrics.php for kosher fabrics but prepare to go ouch !

Re: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:08 pm
by sally
a hat, flat knitted bonnet is popular at this date

Re: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:40 pm
by Dathi
I forgot this gentleman

http://www.aidan-campbell.co.uk/textiles.htm for russets

fabrics at http://www.aidan-campbell.co.uk/PDFs/Ti ... letter.pdf

Tudor Tailor at http://www.tudortailor.com/ is also a good source of patterns

Re: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:12 pm
by seesinsilhouette
Many thanks.

Re: Advice on Elizabethan low status outfit

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:21 pm
by Bevis Gittens
Though slightly more expensive than Aidan Campbell you can get very good fabric from HMA Ltd - http://www.stuart-hmaltd.com/historical_fabrics.php and they also publish Jane Hugget's book "Clothes of the Common Man 1580-1660 part 2: Making the Garments" which is inexpensive and a good resource for simple patterns of lower status chaps - http://www.stuart-hmaltd.com/clothes_te ... 0_1660.php

Bevis