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16th Century Kirtle

I'm making myself some 15th and 16th Century lower class gear to wear around as normal clothes.

Here's a pic of the kirtle/support layer - essentially a close fitting dress that might be worn under other clothing or as the top layer as the situation demands. It's 100% hand sewn, pattern based on information from a few different books and websites. I'm wearing it over a polypropelene top and a Victorian style chemise that you obviously can't see - 3 different centuries in one!
I wore this to get a coffee at a pub (we like to mix things up a bit don't we...) then to lunch at Mum and Dad's house.
I hate photos of myself, so I also learnt today how to blur out my face, like they do of criminals, suspects and witnesses ;)

Edit - argh - if anyone sees this before I get a photo uploaded, be patient - uploading a photo to photobucket crashes my  browser, and somehow this has posted by itself. Just finding somewhere else to put the photo...


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Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
Thanks - it's very comfortable too, and the advantage of dresses being that you don't have to keep tucking things in.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I like that you did spiral lacing, too! That looks great, and you've actually helped me to do the same (something I had been debating about). Great job, and thank you!
Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
The amusing thing is that the only criticism my family had of the dress was that the lacing was funny :D -No, I said, it's SUPPOSED to be like that, that's what they did!
I love spiral lacing :D
Jun. 2nd, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love spiral lacing, too. My husband, who sometimes laces me into my side lacing kirtle, noticed that it *holds* on its own, without coming loose when he is tightening the lacing closer. Not like regular cross lacings at all. And fewer holes to sew up. Yep, I love spiral lacings. :-)
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