Monday 19 August

We had a slightly quieter day today than the previous two weeks, which was actually rather nice.

A new gown had its first outing today. The pattern, which was for a very tall 12 year old, or slim older person, was partially based on the Tudor Tailor’s Aldersey dress in the Tudor Child (well the puff sleeves were), the rest was adapted from the basic pattern using styles and techniques from our earlier dresses. After much deliberating it was decided to use a pale cream/beige/gold damask material for the areas on show of the kirtle rather than our originally intended blue damask. The gown was made with a small train but we added a bum roll to see if we could make the skirts a few inches shorter. The Elizabethan hood comes from the Tudor Tailor, but possibly turned out a little smaller than it should have done.

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We’ve only got one Monday costume day left, and Saturday 7 September – which it turns out isn’t Heritage Day as previously thought. It’s the following weekend, 14-15, when there’ll be a fifties weekend to celebrate the NT acquiring Trerice in 1953. There’ll be some staff and volunteers in 1950s clothes and several visitors have already enquired if they can come dressed up too!