On Tailors

For the taylers doe nothing else but invent new fashions, disguised shapes, and monstrous formes of apparell every day. Yea surely I thinke they studie more in one day for the invention of new toies, and strange devises in apparell, than they doe in seaven yeeres, yea, in all the daies of their life, for the knowledge of God's word.
But so far are they from making conscience hereof, that they heape up sinne upon sinne. For if a man aske them how much cloth, velvet, or silke wil make a cote, a dublet, a cloke, a gowne, hosen, or the like, they must needs have so much, as they may gaine the best quarter thereof to themselves. So play they with the lace also: for if tenne yards would serve, they must have twentie; if twentie would serve, they must have fortie; if fortie would serve, they must have sixtie; if sixtie would serve, they must an hundred, and so forward. Besides that, it must be so drawne out, stretched, and pulled in in the sowing, as they get the best quarter of it that way too. Then must there as much go for the making, as halfe the garment is woorth. Besides this, they are in league, and in fee, with the Drapers and Clothsellers, that if a man come to them to desire them to helpe them to buy a peece of cloth, and to bring them where good is, they will straightaway conduct them to their feer, and whatsoever price hee setteth of the cloth, they persuade the buier it is good, and that it is woorth the money, whereas indeed it is nothing so, nor so. And thys they betwixt them divide the spoile, and he (the tailor) receives his wages for a faithfull service done. If a man buy a garment of them made, hee shall have it very faire to the eie (therefore it is true: Omne quod gliscit non est aurum, Everie faire thing is not the best) but either it shall be lined with filthie baggage, and rotten geare, or else stretched and drawn out upon the tenter, so as if they once come to wetting, they shrinke almost halfe in halfe, so as it is a shame to see them. Therefore I advise everyone to see to is garments himselfe, and according to the old proverbe : Sit oculus ipsi coquus, Let his eie be his best cooke, for feare lest he be served of the same sauce, as manie have been to their great hindrance.

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1583