are 4 layers to this
early Tudor dress.
whole costume weighs just over 2
kg (4lb 9oz).
is like an ornament. It
did not have to match the dress, but was a good way to show off your
jewels and riches. It
was usually worn over a cloth cap called a Coif
that fit close to the head.
to find out about the Coif:
is a Coif?
white garment next to the skin is the Chemise.
made rather large so the extra material can be pulled through gaps in the
sleeve of the dress. It
was also used at night for sleeping in.
you were rich, you had fine linen or silk cloth. If
you were poor, you had wool or rough linen cloth.
to think about:
do you think this dress would be useful in a cold Castle?
you think you could get dressed easily on your own?
the kirtle be easy to keep clean?
you would wear the Chemise to bed, as
well as through the daytime, what do you think you would smell like after
this outfit to your own clothing. How
easy or hard would it be to run about and play?
you lived in Tudor times, do you think
you would get tired of the weight of your clothing?
do you think it would be like to wear the Headdress
all day - every day?
is a plain Petticoat.
3. After that is a
bottom has a layer of dress fabric. This
is so there is something pretty to show when you or your maid hold your
dress up out of the mud in the Castle
to interesting Tudor pages:
Gable Headdress: A Portfolio of Images
selection of drawings by Hans Holbien
Dress: A Portfolio of Images
: examples of the gowns which one would wear.
Pages and pages
of interesting information and portraits of both early Tudors
and Elizabethan Tudors.
groups in the UK: A
website for people interested in acting out the events in history, or
pretending to be someone from a particular period of time.
Court Palace: A
palace used by many Monarchs of England
but famous for its links with Henry VIII.
top of all the layers is the dress, which is called the Kirtle.
trimmed with fur, has a bit of a Train,
up the back. The
sleeves are tied on at the shoulders with Points
that have Aiglets
at the ends. There
is a spare set of Sleeves
so this set can be changed for cleaning or for special occasions. The
is pulled through the gaps in the sleeve in order to show off the
Lady must be
rich, as she can afford to have a lot of material in her Chemise.
Lacing on the Kirtle.
used metal eyelets for the holes, but a Tudor
maid would have hand sewn them!
photos and info on Lacing.