The above quote was taken from a book of receipts for a “gentle youth”, and what he spent on his clothes. When I came across the record, I suddenly knew exactly what I wanted to make for the Ethereal Seamstress Challenge.
I am Bartholomew Sharpe, Tudor vagabond at large. I have been seriously sewing historical clothing for approximately 6 years, with an emphasis on the fashion of Tudor England. My most recent focus has been on the clothing of the last years of the 16th century.
My goal for this challenge is to make a complete male outfit representative of a prosperous merchant or artificer in England in the last few years of the 16th century. The outfit will be based off of both written and pictorial sources. It will be made of a variety of materials available to the people of the day, along with one that skirts the laws of England at the time (more on that later).
The outfit will consist of a linen shirt, fustian doublet, kersey hose, hat, stockings, shoes (made prior to the challenge), and girdle belt. Bellow is a picture of all of my materials laid out and just waiting for the challenge to begin!!!