11 March, 2011

Looking at Tudor Shirts

In Burnham's Cut My Cote, there's a pattern diagram and drawing taken from a shirt recovered from a ship wrecked in the late sixteenth century.  It is representative of the kind of shirt worn by men and women in portraits painted in the Tudor period.

I could see from the drawing how the shirt would look but had trouble imagining what a man or a woman would wear with it or over it.

Fortunately, there were reproductions worn in a 1980s BBC film production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing I watched recently.  It is amazing how the cut of a coat collar or a bodice could cause the shirt collar and the pleated folds across the front to fall in different ways.

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