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Originally published at Centuries Sewing: Historical Costumes and Clothing. You can comment here or there.

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Seriously thinking of making a dress out of this because it is so neat.

Originally published at Centuries Sewing: Historical Costumes and Clothing. You can comment here or there.

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Fabricmart fabrics has black wool sateen on sale for 7.50 a yard... http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/Sateen-Weave-Black-Wool-Suiting-DLB3361.html
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I have several yards of a grey no wale corduroy set aside for a “I’ll think of something for it” project. I got it a few years ago, and since then due to researching and trying to use better materials when I can afford/find them, I’ve concluded that using it as if it was velvet feels a bit odd. I did this with the still unfinished Italian Spanish influenced gown, because at the time that is what I could afford. The gown works as it is but it is not as dramatic as I had hoped, yards and yard of gold trim aside.

So with this line of thought I remembered the Tudor Tailor’s entry about mockado and its many uses.

What I haven’t been able to pin point is who exactly used it and what it looked like. Some definitions say it was wool and had a thick pile, others say it was short piled and coarse. I don’t doubt there were different grades of it.

Google has only turned up so much,

Elizabethan treasures: the Hardwick Hall textiles mentions bed curtains of red mockado.
In A Register of the Members of St. Mary Magdalen College, the inventory of William Darrel, died in 1576 had “a payre of mockado breeches xx d.” As well as a “frocke of fust mackado xvj d.”

The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation — Volume 11: “Each woman hath with her also, according to her abilitie, all her familie trimmed vp in white mockado: the better sort and wealthier women goe in litters of Cedar artificially wrought and richly dressed.” But in context this seems to refer to the women of Japan in relation to funerals.

The Arte of English Poesie, printed in 1589 “And there is a decency of apparel in respect of the place where it is to be vsed: in the Court to be richely apparelled: in the countrey to weare more plain & homely garments. For who would not thinke it a ridiculous thing to see a Lady in her milke-house with a velvet gowne, and at a bridal in her cassock of mockado:“

Costume in England: A History of Dress to the End of the Eighteenth Century:
"Thomas Lodge, in his " Wit's Miserie," 1596, speaks of the extravagance in dress that had begun to characterize the hitherto plain country folks. " The plowman, that in times past was contented in russet, must now a daies have his doublet of the fashion with wide cuts, his garters of fine silk of Granado to meet his Sis on Sunday. The farmer, that was contented in times past with his russet frock and Mockado sleeves, now sells a cow against Easter to buy him. silken geere for his credit."

Does anyone have any other thoughts or bits of information on it? I am not sure if I should just make a gown out of it, or chalk it up to having to use modern materials and treat it as a "velvet".
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The repeat is large 12 inches tall and 8 inchs wide..but it could work with some careful placement.

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General idea... yes, no?

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Well I didn't find any silver-y fabric for the underskirt, at least not at a price I was willing to pay. I did pick up my black silk which hopefully will be enough.

Oh yeah and then this came home with me...all 7. something yards of it....

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No idea what to do with it but I saw it and went mine! It is polyester but at 30% off it came out to be 4 something a yard.

and I got this too )


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