A couple of months ago, I had an order from Paris for an "Elizabethan Disc ruff" formarly also known as a "fan-shaped ruff". Now we all know the regular Elizabethan "Cartwheel" ruff which are used to be worn around the neck and the wrists. The disc ruff however is a very different style of construction as it's flat in design and mostly been worn in te beginning of the Tudor time era ( around 1560).
The quality and size of the ruff was a sign of status. Most often the aristocrates used very expensive fine linens. Bigger ruffs where supported by metal wire frames at the back to the neck. I have made a small neckpiece to hold the ruff at its place. For the ruff itself I have used fine venice lace imported from India by my fabric supplier in Brussels and finished it with antique golden lace trims to recreate the grandeur of the era. To hold the ruff in shape, I have used crinoline wire which I sew within the ruff itself.
Finally I have also made a headpiece inspired to the time era to fit the ruff for which I have used the same fabrics as the ruff.
More information about Elizabethan ruffs and their construction can be found on the following links:
*How to create a linen Ruff
*Easy style Ruff
*Constructing an authentic Ruff
*Ruff making INSTRUCTIONS in FRENCH
*Accordeon style ruff
*Youtube Instructions Easy Ruff making