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Purple & Gold Elizabethan

purplevelvet1Gold Embossed, Purple Velvet, French Cut gown I Made in 2002-3:

The idea was for it to be a nice upper – middle or noble gown, 1560s/1570s.

I had to make everything except the farthingale.

I made up the toile and fitted it to myself, by myself. The muslin fit! I made up the bodice on the “French Cutte” style. See Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, C.1560-1620, the drawing on how the Phoenix bodice pattern was presumably cut (thank you helpful ladies from the discussion with Margo at the K.W.C.S. 2002!). I have a nice thick bone down either side of the front opening, and decorative and functional hooks/eyes. I flat lined the linen lining to the velvet. The skirt is attached directly to the bodice in box and knife pleats.

To go along with the dress, I made a high-necked long-sleeved cotton-eyelet smock, a corset, a bumroll, a purple satin drawstring skirt, coif and a pillbox style hat.

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The sleeves were added in early 2003 and just tie to ties under the shoulder straps.trishkatebristol

In January 2008 I added a placket in the center front when my taller Mother-In-Law borrowed the dress. Of course you can’t see it in the photos.

IMG_0771Then here is me wearing the dress with my purple & gold kirtle underneath in 2011.

2011 Mich Ren Fair


One Response to Purple & Gold Elizabethan

  1. Janice Boyes

    Trish, You are an inspiration. I have been looking at my stash and wanting to make lovely things. Not a member of SCA, but just love the clothes, and I have a wild imagination too. I have been sewing costumes for my kids for years, Now it is time to sew for MY fun. That Purple and Gold is amazing on you.
    Bravo.

    Best of sewing luck to you and may the stuff you want always be on sale.
    Janice Boyes, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

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