How to Make an Easy Tudor Costume

Accessories are the secret to an easy Tudor costume.
Accessories are the secret to an easy Tudor costume. (Image: estandarte medieval 1 image by JMFontecha from

The Tudors ruled England from 1485 until 1603. Men's clothing during the early Tudor period was characterized by its square shape, and was replaced by a sleeker look during the later years. You can easily recreate a men's Tudor costume with a few simple supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Tunic pattern
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Braided trim
  • Ruffled undershirt
  • Fabric glue
  • Tights
  • Accessories

Sew a tunic. Purchase a pattern from a sewing or crafts supply store so that your tunic is accurate and the ideal size. The tunic would ideally be made out of an elegant type of fabric, such as velvet, in a rich color. Alternatively, you can purchase a tunic. In any case, the tunic should be long enough to hit at mid-thigh or just above the knee.

Line the tunic with a braided trim. The trim should be gold in color and can be sewed on or glued on with fabric glue. The tunic should be lined on the sleeves, bottom and collar. A ruffled undershirt should be worn underneath the finished tunic, as the late Tudor style called for ruffles around the neck.

Add tights. Purchase tights or leggings in a similar color as the tunic.

Accessorize your costume. Accessories such as suede boots (preferably in an earthy tone) and hat should be added to your Tudor costume. The Tudor hat is similar to a beret, and a brightly-colored feather should be inserted into the band of the hat. Necklaces, pendants or other jewelry also can be added.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use earthy colored linen for your tunic and skip the gold trim if the costume is meant to be for a peasant Tudor look.

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