I can’t remember why I decided to delve into Elizabethan except that after years of swearing that I would never do anything past 1500 I actually found one that I liked – this 1565 portrait of Isabel Valois, Queen of Spain, by Sancho Coello.
There was a lot of off-white cotton / synthetic brocade around and so I bought something like 6m and dyed it red. Of course only the cotton fibres came out red so the whole looks pink – very pink. Actually the original is kind of salmon so its not far off.
This was my first attempt at a farthingale and I tried to make one with fine rattan cane but unfortunately it was a bit too stiff and so didn’t form an even circle – as a result the farthingale was a bit lumpy. It has since been replaced by one using hoop wire bought from Hedgehog Handcrafts.
I have also since slashed the sleeves (and changed the hooks and eyes that they’re held in with to eyelets and laces) and made both a French hood and a partlet as seen in this picture on the right.