photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Clothes of the Common People In Elizabethan and Early Stuart England

Volume 11: Doublets (Part 2), Male Petticoats and Male Waistcoats


In addition to information on surviving doublets and general information on male waistcoats and petticoats this volume provides the best guess, based on the data in the series, on how to reproduce doublets and waistcoats. It was decided that there is insufficient information to enable a meaningful reconstruction to be made of a male petticoat.

In this series of books reconstructions are made for a range of styles of each garment. The fabrics and materials closest to the originals still available have been used and all dyeing is with period dyestuffs using period methods, mostly at the reconstructed period dyehouse in the Green Valley.

For each reconstruction patterns are provided. A description of the fabrics used and photographs of the completed reconstructions are also included.


Chapter Title Page
1. Surviving Doublets
Reigate Doublet 3
V&A doublet 6
2. Reproducing Doublets 9
Doublet Tab Construction 10
Flange 1558–1620 11
Reigate 4 tab 1600–1625 15
Mini square tab 1605–1626 and 1650's 20
6-8 square tab 1610–1660 25
8 tab pointed [broad] 1630–1650 31
3. Male Petticoats 35
4. Male Waistcoats 39
5. Reproducing Male Waistcoats 45
Red Long Sleeved 1600–1660? 46
Massachusetts Green 1629 50

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