My eldest grandson had to dress up as a Tudor peasant for a school trip to Kentwell Hall where they recreate Tudor life down to the finest detail.
So I set about making his outfit. “What colour doublet would you like?” I asked. “Purple,” he says. So I bought some lovely purple Melton fabric, used one of his vests as a pattern and made him a purple waistcoat.
I was a bit doubtful as to whether a peasant would wear purple I have to admit.
Anyway, No. 1 Grandson came out of school one day and said that Miss had said that only royalty wore purple. So I got some suedette fabric and it made a lovely doublet and matching hat (much nicer than the purple one). I’d already made him a hat to match the hose, but the new one looked so much nicer.
He had to have a little money bag and a white apron too.
Then I made a hat for his dad who was going along as a helper (didn't get a photo of him modelling it though).
It occurred to me that the peasant hat with a few modifications would make a pretty sunhat so I made one for the Tudor’s little sister (which she is wearing on the June Giggle Blog – she thinks it is wonderful that no one in the world has a hat like hers). I have now made sunhats for all my grandchildren – and my daughter. I have made nine hats so far.
He had a fantastic day. At Kentwell Hall they don’t just have special days for schools – they do them for the public too - find out more here. They also have a Facebook page.
What a lovely way to learn about the past.
Speaking of which, I am going to start a course with Future Learn next week – England in the time of King Richard III. The course is absolutely free and I believe there is still time to sign up. If that doesn’t float your boat, there are lots of other free courses to choose from. Check them out here.
Is anyone else having problems with the Blogger dashboard? It is only showing me one blog update and ignores me when I click on See More. Makes it very difficult to keep up with my favourite blogs!