Embroidered Jackets for 16th & 17th century ladies

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Medieval Clothing and Textiles 2 Patterns of Fashion: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women, C.1560-1620 Reconstructing History 16th and 17th Century Late Elizabethan and Jacobean English Jackets and Petticote Pattern

Following are embroidered jackets (and portraits of women wearing embroidered jackets) from late 16th and early 17th century England. When possible, jackets are identified by museum accession numbers to help distinguish one from another. See also An Elizabethan Embroidered Jacket and the Plimoth Plantation Embroiderers' Story.

The term used for this garment in the 16th century seems to be “waistcoat”; see the inset descriptions at right for some additional examples from the New Year's gifts given to Queen Elizabeth.

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