Smock; English, 1575-1585. In Queen Elizabeth I's New Year's Gifts of 1588-9, this entry is listed: 'one smock of fyne Holland cloth, fair wrought with black silk'. The embroidery on this pictured smock (V&A Museum) includes an eglantine rose and a Tudor rose; the Queen was given many similar blackwork garments.
Christmas is an expensive time of year. What with buying presents for the whole family and various friends, and going on big nights out because there are so many of them being organised by different groups of people that you know, it can feel like your bank account is haemorrhaging. So, ring the changes and plan a few nights in with your friends instead of going out all the time. But you’ll need to have… Continue Reading