How to Dress Up Like the 16th Century
Henry VIII also dressed gorgeously.Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images
Design and make a doublet. Doublets were a tight-fitting jacket with long sleeves that came down below the waist in a sharp V. Pattern the doublet on a jacket, but keep in mind it should fit close to the body. Sleeves can attach to the doublet, but there were also doublets with separate sleeves, attached by hook and eye. Sleeves were often very puffed out and slashed to reveal a different material.
- 2). Buy a pair of women's tights in a color to match the doublet.
- 3). Make, or have made, breeches. Breeches came down to the knee and were fastened just underneath. Fashion breeches of the same material as your doublet, or another color. If your character is wealthy, brocaded material or velvet is a good choice. Use wool, however, if your character is of the lower classes.
- 4). Finish off the outfit with a beret and pluck a fancy ostrich feather into it.
- 1). Make the chemise using white or off-white linen. This garment usually didn't show except for a bit at the neckline or the sleeves.
- 2). Create a bum roll. Bum rolls were tied around the hips to give skirts the full bell or cone shape. Wad up some cheap fabric, wrap it with yarn or thread to contain it and put ties on each end so it can be tied around the waist. While you may not be able to obtain a farthingale, making a bum roll can help to bell out the skirt.
- 3). Construct the gown, which consisted of a tightly fitted bodice with a square neckline attached to a skirt which was often open in the front. The bodice should have loops at the front so it can be laced up.
- 4). Make the attachable sleeves. Sleeves were large and puffy, could be slashed to show another fabric underneath and often decorated with jewels.
- 5). Make the petticoat. Women of this time generally wore lots of petticoats. The length of the skirt and petticoats should be at the ankle or just below.
- 6). Make a head covering. Different styles of hats and head coverings were worn throughout the century. Lower class women wore caps or a snood rather than the gabled headdress.