I recently attended an Elizabethan event doing Blackwork displays. This called for a whole new kit
New additions included Overgown, shift, partlet, and a coif. The black kirtle shown in the below pictures was not made by me, everything else was though
The overgown is made out of thick grey wool, lined with black linen, and trimmed with black fur along the bottom, and black linen up the front. I used a pattern from the Tudor Tailor for it - http://www.tudortailor.com/
The trim was all hand sewn on, as was a large amount of the lining. It is done up at the front with some hook and eyes. It took the best part of a week to complete.
The shift, partlet and coif are made out of white linen. For the shift I used a Simplicity pattern - S2621 16th Century Undergarments. Mostly machine done with all hems hand stitched. As I was of a higher status for the event the front and cuffs were embroidered with some blackwork. This was done in using a single strand of black silk thread. The pattern for the collar was found on the Blackwork Archives - http://www.blackworkarchives.com/
Once the collar was finished it was stitched onto the partlet, and the front of the partlet blackworked also. More info and pics on the coif in this thread - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379615.0
The coif was made with the same materials and from the Tudor Tailor. It has some pearls added so it looks that bit posher
Again, more pics and info in this thread - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=379645.0
The costume has 36 handsewn eyelet holes, for lacing up the back of the kirtle, and attaching the sleeves to the kirtle.
Here's some pics -
In action at the event!
I can *never* take a sensible photo if I know the camera is there :p
Complete outfit -
Showing the detail on the shift and partlet -
The coif -
The partlet -
Thanks for looking, V x