Orange Tudor Ensemble
This costume is made up of many layers, starting with a chemise, which is followed by a pair of bodies, a farthingale, kirtle, then the dress and fore sleeves. The costume is accessorized with two necklaces, lace cuffs, and a french hood.
The chemise is made from white cotton gauze. The pair of bodies is made from an old hand embroidered napkin, vintage pillowcase linen, and green cotton. It is boned at the front and back with plastic, and lightly padded in the bust.
The farthingale is made from hooping wire, polyester taffeta, and red strips of cotton sateen (for boning channels). It’s weighted at the front and has a small pad at the back to help keep the elliptical shape.
The kirtle is made from silk dupioni and polyester taffeta. It features a flat front, and heavily pleated sides and back. It laces up the sides. The neckline is finished with lace and detailed with dozens of glass beads and pearls which were stitched on by hand.
The dress is made from a lightweight home decor fabric (too lightweight for this costume, honestly) with a lightly boned bodice that laces up one side to secure the placket. It had beading at the waist, velvet oversleeves, and a detachable brooch which finishes the look.
The hood is made from buckram and felt weight interfacing that has been covered with velvet, silk dupioni, lace, and beadwork, which matches the materials used on the dress and kirtle.
Making the Accessories