Waisted Kirtle

Walking it back

In my last post about my new bodice fitting based on the methods described in Mathew Gnagy’s book “The Modern Maker” and the pattern published on his facebook page (the pattern which will be included in his soon to be published pattern book(!!!)) I went on (at length) about the issues I was seeing with the L measurement coming out…

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Just a bit off the sides

Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. Pictured here is the amount of fabric I removed from both sides of ONLY the front pattern piece of the bodice that took it from “filling in the cone in a not entirely flattering manner” and “actually working as a flattering and supportive bodice”. Honestly I’m a bit gobsmacked that removing that little bit from each side…

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“Yes, but where do my boobs go?” Part 2

After much thrashing about I’ve finally landed on a “Low-neck bodice” pattern that’s close to fitting me. Close.. but not quite there. Our story so far: (see also Part 1) I need a new kirtle. I’ve lost 50 lbs and my old kirtles are just not supportive any more. I don’t want to wear a modern bra under my kirtle…

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The continuing pursuit of a better kirtle

“Goals. Someday I want my garb to hang like a well made suit.” – Posted by me on Facebook Feb. 5, 2017. Un traje para Pitti Uomo 89 Posted by Sastrería Serna on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 I’ve often joked that every time I fit myself for a new self-supportive kirtle I lose 50 lbs (friends have also remarked that…

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Midnight Blue Waisted Kirtle

A while back I was wondering around at an event and I saw someone wearing the most gorgeous blue dress. The blue was so deep it looked black until they stepped into the sun at which point it was obvious that it was actually blue. I asked them about the dress (and the fabric) and they said that they’d bought…

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“Yes, but where do my boobs go?”

As I mentioned I’m very excited to try out Mathew Gnagy’s methods and apply that to a late-15th/early 16th century kirtle. That said.. I will need back out some information from “how they did it in the 17th century” to make sure the garment I’m creating is as true to my period as I can make it. Juan de Alcega’s…

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Princess Dress

Fitting started 3/8/2016. Blue waisted linen kirtle started 5/13/2016, handed off (with unfinished hem) 6/9/2016. Kirtle Fitted, self-supportive (ie, not bra underneath). Short sleeved, waisted kirtle. Front opening. Bodice will have two layers of linen, skirt will have one layer of linen. Square necked. Edges bound. Silk sleeves tied in at the shoulder. Inspirational Images https://www.facebook.com/musee.renaissance.officiel/posts/10153407662910866

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In pursuit of a better kirtle

Hannah Brown worsted wool sleeveless waisted kirtle started January 17, 2016. Finished March 5, 2016. I lost 10 lbs, gained 60 lbs, had a baby, lost 60 lbs and refit my bodice. I’ve had time since the last time I made a fitted kirtle to consider my construction methods and design choices and to make some new choices based on…

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Side-Laced Cotehardies as maternity wear

Well now.. I wish I’d seen this 4 months ago. http://maniacalmedievalist.wordpress.com/category/cotehardie/ At this point (7-ish weeks from due date) I won’t be altering any of my cotehardies.. but if I’d seen this a while ago I’d’ve added side lacings to my cotehardies and continued to use them as maternity wear. As it is there’s really only one event I’m planning…

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