|Sneak peak of final result.|
Now I had two Elizabethan coifs, as described here - one made from Tudor Tailor pattern in three pieces, presumably a modern construction method, and one using a one piece construction.
First, I tested the (presumably) more historically accurate coif.
Making the proper hairdo took some fiddling. The basic idea was to make two braid and sort of tie them on the top of the head. That worked surprisingly well, even while my hair have a tendency to slip out of all manner of hairstyles. I tied the braids with bands, and used some hairpins to keep the braids from slipping down (the sturdy, u-shaped kind of pin).
|(Ignore manic selfie expression)|
|Braids tied and secured with some hairpins|
|With untied coif|
|What I needed for the hairdo.|
|This forehead cloth is shaped and wired|
Finally, I couldn't resist making a modern "doing laundry" picture, inspired by a painting in Tudor Tailor of ordinary women doing laundry...
What the item is: Two coifs for a working woman in 1560-1570 England - using construction that is presumably modern (1) respectively period (2)
The Challenge: #7 Accesorise
Fabric: (1) linen salvaged from a discarded shirt; (2) random linen from stash
Pattern: (1) Tudor Tailor; (2) based on extant coifs
Notions: (1) poly thread, millinary wire and waxed linen thread; (2) waxed linen thread
How historically accurate is it?
(1) probably just halfway. Fabric is correct, but it is machine seamed in all the non-visible seams. And while I have the deepest respect for the knowledge and skill of the Tudor Tailor authors, I believe that their coif pattern is a modern way of achieving the right look, (and an easier way if you don't have massive amounts of hair).
(2) quite close. Hand seamed, linen, and a construction that seems plausible. Still needs some fiddling with the shape of the coif to get the perfect look.
Hours to complete: (1) maybe 5 h, attaching the wires took me a lot of time (2) 3 h.
First worn: nothing planned yet. I rarely use this dress, and this was supposed to be a quick way of making my outfit more complete just in case I would want to wear it for something.
Total cost: Small amounts and some reused fabric, so almost nothing.