Links and References

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Research Links

La Couturière Parisienne

Maintained By: Madame Pompadour

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: This website is a good resource for pictures although most of the pictures are continental European rather than English (especially in the 16th century area) looking at other styles often helps to understand the construction better. This is also a good jumping off point to find out the basic look of later eras.

The Elizabethan Costuming page

Maintained by: Drea Aleed

Link Updated: 1 May 2006

Comments: This site is the most wonderful resource for 16th century clothing on the web. Although it focuses primarily on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, most topics related to 16th century clothing can be found either on this site or one of the external sites linked from this page.

A Festive Attyre

Maintained by: Jen Thompson

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: Jen Thompson has a lot of good information on her site both on English and Florentine clothing. My favorite parts of the site are her articles on boning with hemp cord and 'the Zen of Spiral lacing' as well as her weekly 'Featured Attyre' in which you can see other peoples work or submit your own.

Mode Historique

Maintainted by: Sarah Goodman

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: Another Elizabethan site with several articles that are equally applicable to earlier 16th century clothing. Of particular note is her article on the evidence for and against bumrolls.

One Tough Costumer

Maintained By: Margo Anderson

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: Margo Anderson's site has a lot of information on Elizabethan costuming but it hasn't been updated since the she started her pattern making company.

Oonagh's Own.

Maintained By: Deb Murray

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: Mistress Oonagh O'neill lives in my barony and has been an enormous help in finding information. Her focus is on Venetian clothing about 1560-1590, however several articles on her webpage deal with general construction issues that are equally aplicable to Tudor construction.

The Realm of Venus

Maintained by: Anabella Wake

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: This is another page on 16th centuryVenetain clothing but many of the basic techniques can be applied to English clothing. It is especially useful for the set of articles on fabrics as most of the expensive silk fabrics such as brocades were imported from Italy.

The Renaisance Tailor

Maintained By: Tammie Dupuis

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: This website has a great deal of information on the basic elements of constructing a Renaisance outfit. Through Tammie's Demos I learned how to cartridge pleat, how to draft my own patterns, how to make fabric covered buttons and much more.


Maintained by: Melissa Heischelberg

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: This page focuses primarily on Elizabethan styles but even for the earlier 16th century there is a lot of useful information, such as evidence against the use of waistbands in 16th century clothing.

The Tudor Costume Page

Maintained by: Emily Knapp

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: Emily Knapp is a UK reenactor at Kentwell Hall this is the best page on English working class clothing I have found. So many pages focus on th upper class outerwear but ignores the lower class clothing or underwear. I've found her page on the 16th century kirtle to be of most use but she also provides a good beginners guide to things like fabric.

Tudor Dress, a Portfolio of Images

Maintained by: Hope Greenberg

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: The title is pretty self explanatory. I've found it most helpful as a source of pictures, however there are also sections on constructing an English Gable hood and the mysterious white band often seen in Tudor portraits before c. 1540. There is also a section on work clothing which fearures the Da Costa Hours.

Tudor & Elizabethan Portraits

Maintained by: Edward

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: Once again the title is pretty self explanatory, it is a good source for many portraits from the era of Henry VII to James I/VI.

Tudor Place

Maintained by: Jorge H. Castelli

Link Updated: 24 March 2006

Comments: This is a great resource for information on the Tudor nobility, I don't know of any site with more comprehensive information on who held what titles during Tudor times. It also has several pictures I have not found anywhere else, but unfortunately they are dispersed throughout the pages of biographical information.

Am I Period or Not

Maintained by: Bridgette MacLean, Carolle, Elizabeth Walpole, Lady Fenris, and Laurensa

Link Updated: 31 April 2006

Comments: This is the other page I maintain (with some help) it's a forum for people to share pictures of their historical costumes and receive feedback, if you've used information from these pages in constructing your outfit I'd really appreciate it if you could submit a photo of the finished product to Am I Period or Not


In Print

Jean Hunnisett, 1986. Period Costumes for Stage and Screen, Vol.1 1500-1800, Bell & Hyman, London. ISBN 0713526602

Comments: Jean Hunnisett is primarily a theatrical costumer and many of her techniques are not neccessarily historically accurate, though they are more historically accurate than some theatrical costumes. It is a good start for those who want to get the look right but using it in combination with more accurate reference books like Patterns of Fashion can tell you which parts are accurate and which are modern shortcuts.

Janet Arnold. 1985. Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women c.1560-1620. Macmillan. London. ISBN: 0 333 38284 6

Comments: This book has been described as the 16th century Costumer's bible. It has a lot of information on historical consruction and scale patterns taken from surviving garments.

Ninya Mikhaila & Jane Malcolm-Davies. 2006 The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing sixteenth-century dress. B. T. Batsford.  London. ISBN 0896762556

A fabulous new book on recreating 16th century clothing accurately, well researched, it skips over the popular Elizabethan period (c. 1560-80) in favor of the less popular Henrican period style (which also lasted through Edward VI and Mary I's reign) and late Elizabethan. My only gripe is the lack of dates or other labels on the scale patterns, especially the accessories, you've got to make your own connections between artworks and patterns, and in some cases there isn't a picture to indicate what a garment will look like. If the reports are true I suspect this is due to the fact that the publisher demanded significant cutbacks to the original manuscript.

This page is maintained by Elizabeth Walpole

Known in the SCA as Elizabeth Beaumont

Last Updated, 11 November 2006