I have created this oputfit a few years ago, with love and care - it is entirely handstitched ( with the exception of the skirt guard I believe, this was partially machined in a hurry, but still no machine stitches visible).
*Comprising the gown, kirtle and the headdress. sice 6 matching shes can be included too , please drop me a line if you would want them.
It has been amazing to be wearing it, and I was wearing it for some special occasions - the BBC filming of the Nights at Hampton Court with David Starkey and Lucy Worsley; Hampton Court joust, Horrible Histories set etc - but it has spent last few years sitting in the closet and deserves to be worn more often.
Suitable for the portrayal of upper class, nobility and royalty, in the period of circa 1520-50. Perfect for the court of Henry VIII!
* made in silk taffeta with silk velver forepart, guard and trim,
* gold metallic lace trim,
* bodice boned with reed and linied with linen.
* made in quality silk/linen brocade,
*lined with russet silk -
* hem guard made in silk ( shows use - see pictures) will need to be replaced after a few wears.
* French sleeves with silk turn back cuff. can be turned back and pinned to the upper sleeves or worn with a shallower turn back. ( lined with mushroom coloured silk)
* decorative undersleeves in silk velvet , with linen pulling outs and decorated with ouches included.
*The gown laces in front over a reed boned placket - handstitched eyelets. The placket would then be pinned over the lacing - once the wearer decides on how tighty she wants to lace the gown, the placket position can be establised and one side can be stitched onto the gown to limit the pinning chore! :-)
*Voluminous skirts with a train, pleated at the sides, with big cartridge pleats at the back.
*silk girdle, undergarments and jewellery not included
a matching hood in velvet and taffeta with silk velvet veil, decorated with freshwater pearls
The set shoudl be worn with undergarments ( shift, cuffs, petticoat, stockings, spanish farthingale for latere court styles etc.
The kirtle bodice closes at waist 28" (71cm) and chest 35" (89cm) - but the lacing allows for a regulation of the size - I am size 12-and I wore it with a 2 inch gap in the back.
shoulder to waist - 16"(41cm), skirt length - 42"(107cm)
the gown matches the kirtle, again, a leeway with lacing.
the plackard is 13" (33cm)at the top, 12" ( 30cm) at the waist.
overseas buyers please contact me before purchasing - the set is heavy, over 4kg, so postage will be expensive and will depend on where you are!
New garments like these, handstitched, would start from £3500 plus fabrics