Tudor Costume

Some of you may remember a couple of years back, I made this Tudor costume for my daughter for a school trip ….

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Well, time evidently flies, because here we are, and it was my son’s turn to make the same school trip. So I got to make another costume – yay!! I love making dressing-ups for the children …. when I was at school I wanted to make costumes for the movies, but was told in no uncertain terms that that was *not* a career. I I’d known then what I know now, I might have stuck to my guns on it a little bit more, but then, I wouldn’t be here – so.

Anyway, tudor costumes.

Initially, I’d hoped to recycle the ‘Marco Polo’ I’d made for ‘Explorers’ – a World Book Day event a while back ….

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It was only when I got it out that I realised that it was actually 4 years ago, and the boy has grown a bit since then (how does that happen so fast?!) …. firstly, he wasn’t going to fit, and secondly, he refused point-blank to wear anything that might possibly be construed as a frock.

So that put paid to the ‘Cardinal Wolsey’ …..


since I wasn’t going to get him into a red frock …. sigh. It would have been so simple ….

So, we started cobbling things together. We had some red satiny pantaloons that a friend gave us – from a Disney Pirates outfit, I think – and also a hat that a friend’s son had worn to the same event a year or so ago. They were both acceptable, if not strictly ‘Tudor’, but gave us somewhere to start ….

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Here’s where we ended up! Our best Henry VIII pose ….

Not too shabby, I think ….

The cloak was an old suede skirt, thrifted, that I cut up the middle, and then slit the side seams for arm holes …. and the ‘fur’ collar was an old fake-fur scarf – again, thrifted, that I slip-stitched onto the waistband. The shirt came from the charity shop AGES ago, and has been used for all sorts of dressings up – it’s got a ruffle down the front so works for just about every era – it’s been Victorian as well as Tudor now. The tabard …. that was a stroke of genius, if I do say so myself 😉 – it’s the quilted lining of a man’s jacket – I just ripped it out, removed the arms, cut it down to size, and stitched up the front so he could just slip it over his head. The belt is another dressing-up box staple …. I think it featured as part of a Narnia ‘Susan’ costume a while back, too ….

The only disappointment was that I wouldn’t let him wear a sword ….

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Still ….. he doesn’t look too unhappy with the overall effect! And he had a fantastic time while he was there ….

I had fun, too …..

2 responses to “Tudor Costume

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  2. Fabulous – all of them! I’m too lazy a mother when it comes to dressing up 😉

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