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Adapting the
Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe Patterns
for Lower Class Use

If you have already purchased the Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe, or the Elizabethan Lady's Ensemble, and you're considering buying the Elizabethan Working Woman's patterns for when you choose not to play a noble lady, you might want to read this first.

As we've said elsewhere, most of the pieces in the Working Woman's patterns are adapted from the Elizabethan Lady's Ensemble, with the intention of creating a historically accurate option for those playing lower class characters.

If you have already bought the Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe, or either of the Ladies Packages, you really don't need to buy the Working Woman's patterns. If you're considering starting with a lower class character, but will probably make a noble costume in the foreseeable future, you may also want to consider selecting the Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe and adapting from this article. We are therefore offering this information FREE to owners of the Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe patterns.

The instructions for adapting the Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe patterns are available here for download in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, it can be downloaded free from

These instructions consist of the following four parts. Simply click on each one to download it. We strongly recommend that you print the instructions and add them to the binders you already have for the existing instructions.

In addition, you may wish to download and print the partlet pattern. For the convenience of costumers who don't have a large format printer, we've printed the pattern in nine tiled pieces, saved as Adobe Acrobat files. Each page overlaps the ones around it, and they have registration marks printed as large "+" symbols, so you can be sure you align them correctly. Click on each file name below to download, then print the files and tape them together in the following pattern:

Piece A ----- Piece B ----- Piece C
Piece D ----- Piece E ----- Piece F
Piece G ----- Piece H ----- Piece I

We hope you find these instructions and additional patterns useful.



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