Update:05/10/01 - Sorry for the delay! Added some photos to the
Complete Gown Gallery, the Corset Gallery and the
Kirtle and Petticoat Gallery. Also, I changed my name at the bottom
of the page as I got married
on the 18 August, hence no updates for a while! (sorry - had to get that
20/04/01 - Did some work to the Diary of Clare's 1530's Gown and the Research,
Links and Suppliers page and added the How To Make
My Oversleeves page.
19/02/01 - Did some work to the Diary of Clare's 1530's Gown.
Welcome to my web site devoted to my first Tudor gown. The original
aim of this site was to provide diaries of my Tudor foundation garments,
my first Tudor gown (and susequent ones in the future) and of my friend
Bess's Tudor Wedding gown. There is also a section on the research I've
done for each part of my 'ensemble', the suppliers Bess and I have used
and a photo gallery, which I'm hoping will, with your help, grow to be
a valuable resource for others new to costuming, like myself. I have
now added a section on how to make each of the items I have made already
- please let me know what you think on my message board.
would like to extend my photo gallery to include as many photos as possible.
If you would like to see photos of your gowns/underpinnings on this site
along with mine, please e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
and attach scanned photos (in JPEG format please) along with an annotation.
If you have no access to a scanner, e-mail me and I will let you know where
you can send photos. If you include an addressed envelope and a postal
order for the postage cost, I will even return them to you once they're
on the site!
Please sign my guestbook, I really want to hear what you think of my site
and any ideas you have for improving it. I will e-mail replies to
any suggestions or queries. Thank you.
My name is Clare Kirkpatrick. I am a 22 year old student nurse studying
near London. I became interested in costuming after meeting my friend,
Bess Chilver, over the internet who has been doing it for some years and
is very experienced. I am planning on joining the Kentwell re-enactments
in which she already takes part. Everything there has to be authentic
which is why I do so much research. Many thanks to my lovely husband, Sven,
who took all the photos except Bess's ones.