Middle Class Elizabethan


Last Updated: 07-02-2007

I was able to make this without buying anything other than the velvet for the guard on the skirt and the shoulder rolls, and the trim and buttons for the doublet.

I'm wearing it over my effigy corset, and the skirt is from my Elizabethan dress from last summer with a corded petticoat underneath. I made a chemise of handkerchief weight linen with blackwork embroidery at the cuffs and a linen coif and a hat of the same velvet I used for the skirt guard and in the shoulder rolls.

The doublet is actually a cotton upholstry remnent with a scrolling chenille design that is difficult to see unless you're right up close to it or the sun hits it just so. It's quite pleasingly subtle. I interlined the doublet with cotton canvas, and lined it with white linen. My favorite part though is the decoration up the front. The design was inspired by the Darnley Bodice, and by, believe it or not, Sharpe. Yes, I got the idea for the trim of a 16th century doublet from a 19th century military jacket. It works. I'm passionately fond of the buttons too. I found them at work, and they are brass tudor roses. Larger buttons fasten the doublet, decorative rows of smaller buttons down the sides, but I have a strip of sturdy hook and eye tape underneath to take the strain off the buttons.


1st Place Middle Class at Bristol Renaissance Faire 2006

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Character Middle Class Elizabethan
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Upload Date 07-02-2007
Debuted Bristol Ren Faire 2006

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