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Versatility in Kirtle Pattern by MorganDonner Versatility in Kirtle Pattern by MorganDonner
My friend is working on a kirtle class for Pennsic. I am made some pictures for her to use, trying to demonstrate the possible uses for a kirtle pattern once you've made one. If you want to draft a kirtle pattern for yourself, go visit La Cotte Simple at [link]

We aren't pushing it as a period correct method of pattering, only as a possibility. Also, I was trying to keep the visual guide above as simple as possible: it drove me crazy wanting to include notes on proper accessories like aprons, hats, coifs, purses, belts, sleeves, under dress, shifts, etc.

From left to right:

A 15th century kirtle with no waist seam. This is the kind of kirtle most commonly (as far as I have seen) made and worn by ladies in the SCA. The exact same pattern is used to make the outer garment known as a cotehardie. This is also what you might hear referred to as a Gothic Fitted Dress.

A 15th century kirtle with a waist seam. It might not seem like a huge difference, but I feel that it is possible to waste less fabric this way, since the bodice and skirt portions of the dress are cut separately. This style also allows for a slight amount of gathering, especially at the back of the bodice.

A dress style worn by the women in Pieter Aertsen and Joachim Beuckelaer paintings. This dress is what you might hear referred to as a Flemish or Netherlandish dress. I do not think that the pattern shown above is correct for this style, but it's possible I suppose. I am actually a big fan of Kass McGann's ideas, as shown in her Reconstucting History Blog here: [link]
gennrie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! These are awesome drawings that give me more of an idea how different the kirtles are. 
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July 20, 2011
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