I started this kirtle in 2014/2015 cutting it from the leftover yardage of the olive fitted gown and an old bodice block I drafted on newspaper. This kirtle differs from ones I’ve made before in that it has a very full skirt (possibly too full) and half sleeves. Images from the Da Costa Book of Hours… Read More A 16th Century Kirtle in Olive Wool with Caramel Oversleeves
This week I finished pad stitching the silk taffeta kirtle interlinings and basted the outer fabric in place. I popped it on the dress form with pins holding it together to see how it looked. The 3 layers of canvas at the front (which may be overkill) plus the pad stitching gives it lots of… Read More Week in Review: Silk Taffeta Kirtle and Passementerie
I have a friend who lives in the wilds of Oklahoma, her local medieval fair runs for only three days. She has needed a costume to attend just for fun but being a fellow history nerd wanted something that would work. Her fair set in 1360, it has a different flavor than my local fair that… Read More A 14th Century Kirtle or a Fantasy Gown Depending on the Accessories…
Four videos today, this weekend I’m going to shoot some more. Pressing and prep for the sleeve seam allowances Pressing the seam allowance with a seam roll when the sleeve is too narrow for the board. Sewing in the lining at the top of the sleeve. Hand sewing the bottom of the sleeve shut.… Read More Part 5 of the Elizabethan Kirtle Sew-Along Renaissance
Marking the eyelets out for spiral lacing Cutting out the sleeves (the wool is from my stash and the wrinkles would not steam out) First pass of sewing the sleeves together.
Sewing in the lining around the top edge Clipping into corners and trimming Edge stitching the seam allowance to the lining along the top
Pleating the skirt down with knife pleats and a box pleat in the back Basting the pleats in place Ironing the pleats down to keep things from moving around when I sew the skirt to the bodice
It has been 3 or 4 (mumble) years since I was going to do the kirtle sew-along. Life, family medical issues and changes got in the way. My skill set has improved, how I break down projects has improved, but that does not mean I’m not still learning. So I set up the video camera,… Read More An Elizabethan Kirtle Sew-Along Renaissance