Kirtle, Wool, circa 1150-1450 MADE TO ORDER

Simple gowns with a smooth fitting body, tapered or fitted sleeves and full skirts are seen on women in artwork of the mid 14th to mid 15th centuries. Examples can be found in The Tres Riches Heures of the Duc of Berry (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cloisters Collection, ms. 54.1.1), The Romance of the Rose (1350), The Luttrell Psalter (British Library MS. ADD. 42130), and Bible historiale (BNF Fr. 159, fol. 238). Some of the best examples are found in Boccaccio's Decameron (Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, ms. 5070).

Because a limited number of garments remain from this period, we have based our pattern on existing garments of an earlier date. The cut of our Gored Kirtle is based on a number of extant garments which share similar patterning details, specifically, the Skjoldehamn kyrtle (at right) (rcd 1029) and Kragelund kyrtle (1045-1155).

This garment falls into the "Nockert Type 1" classification, having a tubular torso. The lower edge is full due to gores inserted into the side and/or center front and back. The sleeves are tapered to the wrist, and have a square gusset under the arm for freedom of movement.

This is an excellent style which covers many periods. It may be worn alone or over our Ladies' Smock. It makes a wonderful undergown with our eyelet neck or Bocksten tunic for a Dark Ages impression. Wear it under a sideless surcoat or cyclas for 12th-14th C., or with our short sleeved 15th C. gown for late 14th and 15th C.

No visible machine stitching.

100% Wool. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Our wool comes from a US mill that manufactures their own high quality goods, and stocks dozens of historically appropriate colours.  We're now able to get almost any colour you desire, from palest to darkest shades. Choose your colour/s from these WOOL SAMPLES and include a 'wish list' of your top 3 choices in the Comments section of the Order Form. Choose the size closest to your measurements for correct pricing; each garment will be custom made to your measurements.

  • Small fits maximum 42 inch chest, approx 56" long.
  • Medium fits maximum 48 inch chest, approx 56" long.
  • Large fits maximum 52 inch chest, approx 58" long.
  • XL fits maximum 56 inch chest, approx 58" long.

Production note: Custom/Made to measure garments are individually made and custom sized using the measurements you provide. Please measure carefully, made to measure garments can not be returned. Please allow 2-4 weeks for production plus adequate shipping time for your made to order garment.

Pattern credits - I. Marc Carlson, Used with permission.

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  • Model: BSD-G11W
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 19 March, 2016.