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Versatile Kirtle 2 by MorganDonner Versatile Kirtle 2 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:

Italian kirtle in the Campi style. This style of dress is often made using a pattern similar to Funeral Dress of Eleonora de Toledo [link] especially when you are lacing in the side-back. But I have seen costumers use a pattern similar to the one above too.

A late period German dress. This is a popular style, and one of the most likely of the late 1500's dresses to actually be made using the curved front pattern. The paintings that these come from usually show a very curved bust, not flattened at all like English or other places.

Next two are both Bruehel from paintings. The one on the right being much more common. I only found one like the lady on the left, with no waist seam, and the one wearing it was an older lady, perhaps just a left over from previous years. But it's nifty, and a good use of the kirtle pattern.
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July 20, 2011
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