Waisted Kirtle

“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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Waisted Kirtle

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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Waisted Kirtle

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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Waisted Kirtle

“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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Early Period

Menologion of Basil II

From: Menologion of Basil II (Vat.gr.1613) between 979 and the early years of the 11th century in Constantinople What I see (that I think is cool): St. Hermione: Hermione was beheaded because she would not worship Hercules. “Two servants, Theodulus and Theotimos, were entrusted to perform the execution. Since they were in such a hurry to execute the saint, not…

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14th-15th Century

Adventures in Hair Taping

I am only just barely allowed to carry a girl card. I have long hair (mid-back).. but I pretty much lack clue about how to do girl things with my long hair. Recently I find myself fascinated with hair taping. Specifically it seems that hair taping is exactly the base needed to keep ear irons, a tudor coif and finally…

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16th Century

Early tudor smock

I need a new smock. Something appropriate to the dress styles I want to recreate from 1485-1515. I skimmed the books I have available and found that I really like the square-necked smock showing in The Queen’s Servant’s (p. 36). It turns out that this is also the same style as a smock shown in Patterns of Fashion 4 (item…

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Anglo-Saxon

Kentish Step Up Outfit

My step up outfit is my current best interpretation of Kentish Dress Style IV with a few caveats. 6th century Kentish finds are from burials. For the most part the fabric has rotted away except where it’s in close proximity to metals (brooches, brocaded tablet weaving, swords, weaving swords). This leads to the need to extrapolate the garments based on…

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Waisted Kirtle

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