photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Clothes of the Common People In Elizabethan and Early Stuart England

Volume 10: Doublets (Part 1).

Introduction to Part 3

Part three of this series covers details of the garments worn by common people. The first stage is to establish what the name of the garment means, what component parts it had, what materials it was made from, and what variations in form existed over time. Stage two is to use this fragmentary data to produce justified reconstructions of various styles of each garment.


Chapter Title Page
Doublet Definition 3
The Doublet Body 5
Lining Materials 8
Sleeves 8
Holmes 7
The nature of Fustians 9
Waistband: Hooks and Eyes or Points 9
Decoration 12
Quantities of Material 14
The Materials 16
Fustian 17
Canvas 19
Leather 21
Woolen 24
Luxury fabrics 26
Military Issue Doublets 27
The Colours 28
Doublet Styles 32
Flange 33
Skirt 35
4 tab Reigate 36
Mini Square Tab 36
6 to 8 Square Tab 38
8 Tab pointed 40
Decorative running flange or tabs 40
Double Stripe Front 42
Back construction 43
Belt or Welt 44
Shoulder Wings 50

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