Apr 152011
 

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Introduction Tudor Rose Brocade Sources

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Introduction

This dress is probably one of the quickest ever put together (at least of my gowns on this site). It’s probably also the gown for which I didn’t touch the material for the very longest time – almost ten years.

I’ve always been wanting it but I hesitated making it because I honestly had no idea where to wear it. I wanted a mixture between the portrait gown and the movie costume – see my explanation on the next page why those both are definitely not the same.
And, no, please don’t come nitpicking and tell me that the original coronation gown from 1558 was not preserved, so it can’t be the same; and even if it *was* preserved, it would surely not have been lend to make a movie with it – you probably know very well what I mean by writing it’s “not the same”, lol…).
They’re alike – but not the same.

But, then again – I had no inspiration what to make the dress for, because I have no idea where to wear it. As I still don’t have – but I finally want to make it, dammit! *lol*
Alright – perhaps the premier of the second part of the movie “Elizabeth” – filming starts in 2006, I’ve read; again with Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth.
Squee! (Sorry, I just had to! )
But then, again, I’d better be wearing the Pelican gown for that event.
Or the Rainbow Portrait gown even, if I should have it finished by then.
Or… well, let’s see *if* I can attend the premier, and if so, which portrait gowns might appear in that movie… so that perhaps I can wear one of them 😉
OMG, I should call the cinema in time, ask for a w-i-d-e seat for the premier… otherwise I will have to molest my seat neighbors with my gown…
Can you tell that I’m excited about that upcoming movie…?

(Yes, Margaret. I’m still excited about your upcoming book, too.
;-))

Sooo…. I’ve had the fabric in my stash for almost ten years. It looks like this (the measurement tape has inches (left) and centimeters (right) printed on it so that you can estimate the size of the woven pattern):

I know it’s lacking the Tudor Roses, but *that* brocade which *has* the Tudor Roses would cost about $100 per yard, and as I have this fabric here at hand, I will use it.

Sources for Tudor Rose brocades

Just for the ones of you who are curious – here are some sources for such ‘Tudor Rose’ brocades.
I’ve mostly shown them in white here, as they are dyeable; however, they are often available in many colors.
The “edited” picture is a color changed version of a close-up of the respective original brocade, so that you can see the woven pattern better than in the “white on white” version:

Fabric picture: Edited picture of fabric pattern: Available here:
http://www.mperkins.co.uk/winchester.htm
This brocade has the Tudor Roses as well as the fleur-de-lys, but the pattern seems to be too regular in comparison with the fabric of the portrait gown.
http://www.mperkins.co.uk/st__margaret
(would probably work best because of the combination between Tudor Roses and the crown. It’s lacking the fleur-de-lys, though, which is shown in the portrait on the original gown.)
http://www.mperkins.co.uk/st__aidan.htm
This fabric has this nice, irregular seeming pattern; but again, it is lacking the fleur-de-lys.
http://www.mperkins.co.uk/tudor_rose.htm
http://www.mperkins.co.uk/lichfield.htm
…and while mperkins.co.uk might have a very impressive collection of Tudor Brocades, here are also some other sites that carry such Tudor brocades…:
http://www.churchlinens.com/ http://www.dominionregalia.com/
(under “Fabrics, Fringe & Trimmings” (Left side))
http://www.aheavenlystitch.com/ Plus, for the DIY-beginners:
Berlin Embroidery Tudor Rose Goldwork Kit:
http://www.berlinembroidery.com

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