- Sep 30, 2002To gore, or not to gore, that is the question...
I know Tudor was the subject of discussion a few days ago, but I have
some more questions. Thank you for all the interesting theories about
bodices and corsetry in Tudor times, btw. I was inspired to sew a "pair
of bodies" for under my Tudor gowns - a very lightly boned bodice, as
opposed to the stiff Elizabethan corsets.
Anyhow, my question: Would the overskirt on a Tudor gown be made of
rectangles, or triangular gores? The Elizabethans I've consulted highly
recommended cartridge pleating three rectangles onto a skirtband, not
only for ease of construction, but they claim it's the "authentic" way
to do it. However, they are Elizabethans, and aren't sure / haven't
Does anyone have documentation for either method? I've noticed it's
common practice in the SCA to do the rectangle thing, but I want to see
the source, and understand how it's "authentic."
My persona is late Tudor, born in 1520, and since I'm nearly 23, my
current fashion year would be 1543. I know we all like looking at
pictures, so here are some links to what I'm using to get ideas:
http://www.tudor-portraits.com/Mary_8.jpg - Mary I as a princess, 1544
http://tudorhistory.org/jane/janegrey.jpg - Lady Jane Grey
http://pweb.jps.net/~mcmasters1/tudor.html - A beautiful dress made by
Lynn McMasters in the style I'm trying for.
By the way, I should probably introduce myself. I've been lurking on the
list since July, and have greatly enjoyed watching the discussions. It
has me dreaming up all kinds of new projects, which of course, I don't
have time for. This is my first year in the SCA, and I'm teaching myself
to sew as I go. You can see my gowns on my web site:
Farewell until our paths cross again,
Adele de la Fontane
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