Basic Entry, Female

1565 English Elizabethan Gown 6

Title1565 English Elizabethan Gown 6
Entry #GGB2021.101
Alternate Names 
Time range1550-1600
regionWestern Europe
MakerHelena of Tor
ConfidenceImage Example


The Elizabethan Gown is a decorated bodice and skirt worn over a chemise, corset and farthingale


This gown was inspired by Steven Van Der Meulen of Elizabeth the First in The Hampden Portrait painted in 1563 and by a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots by an unknown artist in 1565 during her brief rule in Scotland.   The bodice is steel boned and laced on the sides. The lacing should be angling from the armpit to the middle of the back hip.  I did not incorporate that into this pattern though. 

   The skirt is an 8 paneled box pleated skirt with a button closure. To be accurate though the skirt should be cartridge pleated or knife pleated and hooked in the bodice. 

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • Silk, Satin, Velvet, taffeta
  • Ornamentation:
    • Bobbin Lace
    • Jewels
    • Embroidery

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • Heavy brocades, like upholstery fabrics, work very well to give a rich look. 
    • Fancy bedspreads also work well for inserts. 
  • Ornamentation:
    • Buttons work well as jewels. 
    • Lace curtains sometimes look enough like bobbin lace to use.   

Ensemble Components

  • Chemise (high necked or low necked)
  • stockings
  • corset
  • underskirt

  • outer skirt
  • bodice
  • shoes


  • snood
  • hat
  • strings of pearls or other jewels around the neck
  • choker necklace
  • rings
  • ear rings
  • gloves
  • girdle belt
  • mirror hanging from the belt
  • decorative pouch hanging from the belt


Elizabeth of Valios by Alonso Sanchez Coello 1564

Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlocked by Janet Arnold

Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlocked  by Janet Arnold

1560 Elisabeth De Valois by Alonso Sanchez Coello…Grand Ladies

Source of Period Pic1560 Elisabeth De Valois by Alonso Sanchez Coello…
ModelHelena of Tor 031513-04
PhotographerVincent De Vere

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