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MP-053 Early Tudor Men's Garments Pattern

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The Tudor period marked the beginning of the Renaissance in England, and fashion (especially after 1509) reflected this change. Henry VII, who gained the throne in 1485, (ending the war of the roses) was extremely frugal, and fashion changed slowly during his reign. Henry VIII inherited the throne with a large treasury at the age of 18, and the court blossomed. He was insecure, aggressive, blatantly masculine and suddenly extremely rich. All of these traits were reflected in the opulent new fashions, especially for men. During Henry's reign, styles for both sexes combined elements of German, Spanish and Italian fashions, with heavy French influence overall. The quintessence of what is usually thought of as "Tudor" fashion is shown in MP-053 "Early Tudor Men's Garments" for men, and MP-052 "Early Tudor Women's Gowns" for women.

During Henry VII's reign, the houpelande (MP-026 Houpelandes) became a robe or gown, opening down the front, which was soon left unbelted and open. This was worn over a skirted doublet, shirt and hose (MP-043 Men's Italian Renaissance Garments). Slashing became popular, and the once modest codpiece became a grotesque brag. As Henry VIII aged he favored short full gowns to hide his increasing bulk, thus creating a square silhouette.

Period Pattern #53: Early Tudor Men's Garments, includes patterns for 3 gowns, 3 skirted doublets, 1 skirted jerkin, 2 skirtless doublets and 3 shirts. This pattern includes men's chest sizes 36 through 48.

These items span the time period of 1495 to 1537 A.D.

These early Tudor men's garment patterns were designed for real authenticity. Each pattern includes historical notes for background, and variation enhancements for the finished costume. Sewing instructions and suggestions for fabric choices and notions are included.

This pattern goes well with MP-043 Men's Italian Renaissance Garments, MP-092 Capes and Tabbards and MP-093 Bags, Purses and Pouches.

For your convenience a men's basic measurement chart appears below.

Body Measurements (Men's)
SizeSmall (36-38)Medium (40-42)Large (44-46-48)

The instructions for Period Patterns assume you are an experienced seamstress with expertise in fitting garments, so they do not explain fitting techniques. They do NOT give explicit or detailed instructions and are NOT for beginners. If you are an experienced seamstress with good sewing skills you will be fine.

The Early Tudor Men's Garments Pattern has the same problem as many of the Period Patterns in that the instructions can be vague and confusing, but overall the pattern works well. This is not a fussy pattern, there is not much detail on the pattern pieces themselves. Making a muslin mock-up to get the fitting correct before making the real garment is absolutely essential for this pattern. The finished result will then look absolutely authentic and be very comfortable.

  • Item ID: MP-053
  • Shipping Weight: 0.32lbs

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 January, 2010.


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