Pink Linen Kirtle

I have the habit of making costumes for really good friends, it just gets a bit tricky when she lives several states away…

Enter the test kirtle!

I ran across a linen blend with just enough left on the bolt for a kirtle and sleeves. (Not shown because it was hot that day at NYRF.)

I made up the skirt first and decided to have it lace to the bodice. (Which may or may not have been done in the 16th century.) For the bodice I drafted a pattern block for her a few years ago and adjusted it as needed.

We had a chance to visit each other over the summer, where I got to do a quick fitting. I did some very quick sewing and got to the point where I was able to start the front eyelets on the way home. Several more eyelets, finger loop braiding for the lacing and a few video chats later it was sent up and worn.

The bodice is unboned and interlined with some twill to keep it light weight and comfortable. The skirt has a hidden pocket in the side seam.


Pink Linen Kirtle Side Front Pink Linen Kirtle Front Pink Linen Kirtle Back

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