A couple of fashionable ladies or so

Among the things being worked on at the moment are two outfits for noble ladies.

One is a mid Tudor noble lady, loosely based on a portrait of Mary FitzAlan, countess of Arundel, mixed with the Tudor Child‘s pattern for Princess Elizabeth’s gown.

Each layer has been made by a different person in the Costume Group. The outfit is made up of a padded petticoat, a kirtle and fore-sleeves, and a gown.

The padded petticoat

The kirtle

After doing about 40 eyelet holes, on various outfits I didn’t fancy doing more, especially in velvet, so resorted to brass rings, which should be easier for children to thread up. There will be a placard over the top of the lacing.

To finish it off we decided to add a partlet as well. Just waiting for the fore sleeves before getting a final photo.

The other is a late Tudor noble lady’s gown with hanging sleeve, complete with French farthingale and stays underneath. The next step is to make a suitable ruff and supporter.

The foundation garments.

With the petticoat over the top.

The gown on top.

Also just completed, a mid-late gentlewoman’s gown and kirtle in red and black.


More for the Schools’ Project

Some more outfits recently finished.

Mid-late Tudor noble lady
It’s not bad what can be achieved by layering up ribbon and braid…



Mid Tudor merchant


Late Tudor gentlewoman

Mid Tudor gentleman

Late Tudor servant

Whodunit? – again!
On Friday Trerice was open in the evening from 6-9pm with the opportunity to investigate the murder of a conservation assistant. The volunteers are all suspects and the weapon is hidden somewhere around the house. Within minutes we managed to spook a few visitors with the rag stuffed body!

There are two more murder mystery evenings in the next couple of weeks followed by a spooky Halloween night.


Shopped till we dropped!

Last weekend (or so – bit late posting!) a group of us from the Costume Group ventured across the Tamar to go to the International Living History Fair near Leicester. We stopped at the lovely Coughton Court on the way up and had a look around the house and garden. There were some interesting monuments in the church next door too, one of two of the Throckmorton family holding hands, and a brass of one lady who had over 100 grandchildren.


At the Living History Fair it was a bit like kids in a sweet shop, and we were not sure where to start! We shopped for accessories for the schools’ project and costume days including belts, purses, hats and books.

We met the Tudor Tailor ladies and the folks of the Green Valley Farm and had some interesting chats, bringing back some useful ideas and tips to Cornwall.

Our haul!