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MP-056 Late Tudor & Elizabethan Gowns Pattern

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The late Tutor period was a time of transition and uncertainty with 3 rulers in 11 years (not to mention Lady Jane Grey, who only ruled for only 9 days), and the country endured violent switches from Protestant to Catholic and back to Protestant again.

Very few new elements of woman's style appeared during King Edward's short reign. During Mary's reign, through her marriage to Phillip, Spanish styles (favoring dark colors) were reintroduced, but the basics of the previous styles remained the same. Men's fashions continued to be more flamboyant than women's. The elements of women's styles, including the Spanish farthingale (as seen in MP-090), lasted into the 1570's.

Under Queen Elizabeth's rule woman's fashions came to dominate the court. In the 1570's the drum farthingale (also found in MP-090) radically changed the shape of woman's skirts. Other less sweeping changes also occurred, such as the high standing ruffs. "Elizabethan" styles lasted well after her death in 1603 - since the new king saw no reason to pay for new clothes for his queen when Elizabeth had left such an extensive, ornate wardrobe.

Period Patterns #56, Late Tudor and Elizabethan Gowns, contains patterns for 3 Late Tudor gowns and 3 Elizabethan gowns. The stomacher, underskirts and undersleeves are not sewn to the gowns. This pattern includes women's sizes 8 through 18.

This pattern covers the time period from 1545-1610 A.D. These Late Tudor and Elizabethan Gowns 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 Period Patterns MP-052 Tudor Headdresses, MP-090 Women's Undergarments, Ruffs, Collars & Cuffs, MP-092 Capes and Tabbards and MP-093 Bags, Purses and Pouches.

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

Body Measurements (Womens's)
SizeBustWaistWaist to HemBack Waist Length
630234115 1/2
832244215 3/4
1234264416 1/4
1436284516 1/2
1638304616 3/4
2042344817 1/4

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.

Making a muslin mock-up to get the fitting correct before making the real garment is absolutely essential for this pattern. If you are going to use authentic undergarments with this gown, make them first so that you can fit your muslin over them. The finished result will then look absolutely authentic and be very comfortable. The instructions on this pattern are difficult, but well worth the effort.

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

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