These hands have not been idle, not entirely. It’s June and we’re in the middle of two custom Elizabethan middle class costumes, one for the Sheriff and the other for the Lord Mayor. Linen and silk, cotton embroidery thread and antique brass buttons. Doublets, sleeves, breeches, shirts and hats. Slashes and pleating.  The hat and doublet patterns have been created, the measurements taken, fabrics acquired. Now it’s time to get started.