Tudor Tailor Unveils Buttonhole and Pinking Tools

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Historical costume brand The Tudor Tailor has commissioned a limited number of pinking and buttonhole cutting tools. Thousands of viewers witnessed the process of cutting fabric in this way in the Tudor Tailor workshop in the BBC series A Stitch in Time.

“After a long time in the development we are delighted to at last be able to offer this specially commissioned set of pinking and buttonhole cutting tools,” said The Tudor Tailor. “Handcrafted from steel in the UK, these tools were debuted at the ‘Tailored To A New World’ conference last weekend. Participants of the “Guard Thy Gown” surface decoration workshop were the first to see the new set, and more than half of our first batch was sold there. We have a limited number in stock here in the studio, but will be commissioning more if there is demand.

The Tailored to a New World conference was hosted in Jamestown Settlement living history museum for a weekend focused on the study and re-creation of late 16th and early 17th-century clothing. The conference combined practical workshops with traditional lectures and included a keynote luncheon with Jenny Tiramani, principal of The School of Historical Dress in London and writer of Seventeenth-Century Women’s Dress Patterns, Vol. 1 and 2 and Seventeenth-Century Men’s Dress Patterns 1600-1630. 

The Tudor Tailor team, led by Ninya Mikhaila and Janet Malcolm-Davies, gave a presentation and Q&A on recreating historical dress. Read The Costume Rag‘s interview with Mikhaila about recreating historical garments for A Stitch in Time here.

The set of tools for sale on Etsy comprises four 2 1/2 inches (6cm) long tools individually handmade in the UK with widths of 1 inch, 1 inch curved, 5/8 inch and 1/4 inch.

All images via The Tudor Tailor.