The Painting above is from 1601, such lovely little ladies and surprisingly similar collars to the ones below, they are not partlets like we traditionally see from earlier Tudor paintings. I wanted to make some similar lace collars and cuffs for a flatter look with gowns. Considering fashions like a Medici Collar or a Holland rabato, a standing stiffened lace collar sometimes supported from the bottom were in my thoughts.
Bought these batternburg lace collars at an SCA event.
Well I decided to modify these to have sets: collar and cuffs to match. I wanted to show you all what I came up with modifying 6 collars to make 3 sets. All these will need to be cleaned in a very diluted oxy-clean solution to get some of the staining out. They are 100% cotton fabric so I must be careful. After washing they will be starched and set on a shirt for an event. I am not sure how I am going to work these collars with my existing gowns. Though I have a few ideas. The cotton reminds me of Holland cloth, which was made from linen traditionally. The Netherlands has a lace collar on a wired rabato in late Elizabethan Era. I saw a circular one as flat starched ruff in a painting of Elizabeth I. The last is a standing Medici collar, which is tucked into the edge of a gown. Which all of these variations had matching cuffs for the sleeves of gowns. At least that is the options I am considering at this time. Two sets still need buttons for the sleeves and collars. Which the buttons will be from fresh water pearls and own handmade thread loops to hold them in place.
Not sure if I am going to embellish these with gold thread through the lace or not, I may try it on one and see if it is something I want to try with the others or not. Will have to be careful of any embellishment making them heavy and not very washable, iron or starch friendly on a regular basis. Though I look this as a challenge to take something that is later and fashioning to my needs for Elizabethan/ Jacobean needs.
I consider this part of my "creative anachronisms" with in society. This fills in for lace until I learn to make my own treatments and and such to fill the trim and lace gap with my own handmade creations.
Some of my other Anachronisms, is wearing as simple flesh colored make up. Nothing over done just liquid and powder foundation to cover my flaws and maybe some lip balm. Not the chalk white face that is traditional at Elizabethan court, don't want to scare the little ones. I also carry a purse to events, which is covered in a large felt Tudor rose. This disguise on a plain velvet bag, allows my bag to be heraldic as well functional. No way that heraldic bags happened in period, though its a fun twist. Also much more practical that carrying pockets under my gown. Though I have a set to finish embroidering soon. I planning on making one from my own heraldry bag for events in the future, but have not made plans yet.
I also wear full length stockings for chaffing sake, my legs don't do well without pantyhose. So I have 2 sets of black wool, 2 sets cranberry cable knit cotton full length tights. Its for my own comfort and the do wick away moisture from sweating, which happens alot in my style garb. Full length tights are not period, I do have knee socks but don't wear them often. So really I do have a few on the list of Anachronisms, but I would rather skim a bit on the historical and be cheerful. Than be period correct and miserable company for those around me and visitors coming through. Though I am not the only historical recreationist that keeps a few more modern comforts well hidden or disguised that help them get through the day.
Hey what can I say somethings got to give,