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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Tudor Costume - Bodies

 
Here is the corset (well, most of it!), or bodies as it was called in Tudor times, for the costume based on the wall paintings at the Much Hadham Forge Museum.
 
I'm working from the 'Dorethea Bodies' pattern in The Tudor Tailor, with slight alterations to seam positions.
 
The fabric I have chosen is a thick red coloured twill, mounted on calico. I've used rigilene boning and four steel bones in place of a wooden busk. I sewed the bone channels by hand, which took much longer than expected, but of course it is always incredibly satisfying to see a piece taking shape after putting so much work and care into it!
 
Next up, binding, lacing and then onto the farthingale!
 
 

To learn more about the incredible wall paintings that are inspiring this Tudor costume, you can visit the Much Hadham Forge Museum in Hertfordshire: www.hadhammuseum.org.uk