Ninya and Jane with baby Holly at The International Living History Fair in 2010
The pattern for this amazing 1590s gown complete with farthingale and ruff is included. I would love to have a go at making it one day.
Pattern for Henrician Lady's Kirtle
As you can see above, the patterns are shown at 1/8th scale (each square of the grid equals one inch) and have to be scaled up to be used. This can be a bit of a pain if you don't have inch squared paper, but there are some instructions on the Tudor Tailor site.
The instructions suppose a prior familiarity with sewing and can be quite brief. This is not a book for a beginner sewer! There is a glossary explaining some of the more unusual sewing terms, and detailed photos and line drawings of the finished costume, but no step-by-step instructions. This is not at all a criticism, just an observation, and if you haven't sewn very much before, I doubt you'd be attempting these sorts of outfits.
Next post: the toile of the Henrician gown bodice.