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MP-051 Early Tudor Women's Gowns 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.

As befitted their role in the society of the times, woman's fashions were somewhat less flamboyant then the men's. The kirtle was almost identical to a cotehardie (as in MP-056) with the addition of cuffs. The skirts started to be cut separately from the bodice, with the cut of the bodice neckline becoming square. With the adoptions of tight corsets and Spanish farthingales early in Henry VIIIs reign, the style developed into the silhouette of a small cone inverted into a larger one. To allow more variety, the underskirt and under sleeves we not sewn to the gown.

Period Pattern #51: Early Tudor Woman's Gowns, includes patterns for 5 Early Tudor Woman's Gowns in sizes 6 through 20. These items span the time period of C. 1490 to 1535.

Early Tudor Woman's Gowns pattern goes well with MP-052 Tudor Headdresses, MP-090 Women's Undergarments, Ruffs, Collars & Cuffs, MP-092 Capes and Tabbards and MP-093 Bags, Purses and Pouches.

These early Tudor women's gown 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.

These Early Tudor Women's Gown patterns cover fashions from 1490-1535 A.D.

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.

If you make a muslin mock-up for fittings, and can find your way through some incomplete, inaccurate and poorly organized instructions, you will have a great dress. The result will be very historically accurate, look great and well worth the extra effort.

  • Item ID: MP-051
  • Shipping Weight: 0.375lbs

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