Okay, as promised, here is the step-by-step costume demonstration we enjoyed at the Globe Exhibition Saturday with Lindsay as our model! (At left you see the rack of sample costumes from various Globe productions.)
This is Lindsay in the linen chemise with very finely knit stockings (you see Kitty kneeling at right). James is pointing out the fineness of these stockings. Working classes wore very rough, wide-gauge stockings.
Kitty and James “cross-garter” Lindsay. This was the best way to secure stockings so they didn’t fall down during the day. The garters are long fabric tapes that cross behind the knee and are tied above the knee.
Now Lindsay’s doeskin shoes are laced on. These are buttery soft and have cutwork on the top.
Lindsay has slipped on the corset and waits for Kitty to lace her up.
Now we get a back view as Kitty finishes the lacing.
Kitty is tying the Spanish Farthingale to brass-tipped cords hanging from the waistline of the corset. This supports the Farthingale so it doesn’t slip down.
Time to add the bumroll (or French Farthingale), which gives the skirt its distinctive “pouff” at the hipline.
This is the hand-blocked skirt, which is an exact reproduction of a skirt in the Museum of London.
Over her head goes the skirt…
…and James and Kitty tie it in place as they did the Farthingale.
Lindsay shows off the skirt, front view…
…and James turns her around to show the “shelf” created behind by the bumroll.
Now the partlet is tied–a little demi-blouse that goes between corset and jacket.
Kitty shows us the jacket before it goes on Lindsay. Note the front ties and contrasting color to match the skirt.
Kitty ties the jacket in front.
Lindsay makes an adjustment and turns around to give us the full view…
A shot to give you the jacket front in full…
And all that was missing was the hat! Lindsay has let her hair down as a young girl of Ophelia’s age would.
Isn’t she demure?
Full back view…
And now, what went on must come off…
Kitty has the bumroll beneath her arm, so you can see the shape clearly.
Untied, the Farthingale slips off over the shift.
James holds the Farthingale while Kitty unlaces the corset.
And, finally, Kitty unties the garters.
Now you know why ladies of means had servants to dress them! 😉 Hope you enjoyed this little jaunt through Tudor fashion. See you again soon!