This is a custom-made French hood commission for Lady Elizabeth de Belcaire to go with a late 16th-century English outfit made by Mistress Elena Edgar and embroidered sleeves made by Elizabeth herself. It was first worn at the SCA West Kingdom’s 12th Night in January 2015.
Since the fitted gown and kirtle were inspired by the portrait of a lady, circa 1563, by Hans Eworth, I based the hood shape and color on this, using white silk and black velvet, all hand-sewn. My pattern was drafted with the guidance of The Tudor Tailor book, period portraits, and trial and error.
We decided not to fuss with the gold frill trim at the front, however. Instead, I added gold, sapphire, and pearl ouches as the sole decoration, which were purchased by my client from Truly Hats.