• Tailor's Bill for Amy Dudley (1566)

    A tailor's bill for clothing made for Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley, Earl of Essex. Taken from The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine: Volumes 17-18 by Edward Hungerford Goddard, published in 1878

    Modern English (post-1500)
    Published in 1566
    Renaissance Clothing and Textile Terms
    1500 AD - 1599 AD


for vi yards of Fustyane to lyne the gowne bag and staye<


"bag" probably refers to pockets; pockets are frequently mentioned in bills and accounts for loose gowns. the "stay" is a strip of fabric or lace inside the back of the gown to keep the pleats in place.

Shillings: 5

for 4 yards of rosset pointinge ribbin<

Pence: 10

for 12 ownces of rosset fringe at 2s 8d the ownce

Shillings: 32

for Frese and buccarome to the roffes<

Pence: 8

for makynge a rownde kyrtell of blacke velvet, cut all over, and fringed

Shillings: 2

for an ell and 1/2 of doble sarsnet at 8s the ell

Shillings: 14

for 2 oz and 1/2 of fringe at xxiid the ownce

Shillings: 4, Pence: 7

for the cuttinge of the same kyrtell

Shillings: 6, Pence: 8

for iii yards and 1/2 of fustayne to lyne the kyrtell

Shillings: 4

for makynge a lose gowne of rosset taffeta

Shillings: 8

for vi yards of Fustayne to lyne the same gowne

Shillings: 5, Pence: 10

for sylke to the same

Shillings: 3, Pence: 4

for viii yards of pointing ribbin

Shillings: 2

for frese and buccarome to the roffes<

Pence: 8

for a 1/4 of sarsnet to drowe owte the sleves

Shillings: 2, Pence: 6

for makynge a pere of whit satten sleves

Shillings: 2, Pence: 6

for 3/4 of an oz of silver lace

Shillings: 5

for sylke to the same

Pence: 8

All these parcels above receyved of Mr. Grise, to make, and delivered frome me to Mr. Grise agene, made

for makynge a petecote of skarlet, with bodyce and stockes of crimsin velvet

Shillings: 10