Kirtle, Linen, circa 1150-1450

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% Pure Linen

  • X-Small - Chest measures 28", and is 48" from shoulder to hem.
  • Small - Chest measures 32", and is 52" from shoulder to hem.
  • Medium - Chest measures 36", and is 60" from shoulder to hem.
  • Large - Chest measures 42", and is 60" from shoulder to hem.
  • XL - Chest measures 48", and is 60" from shoulder to hem.

Measurements approximate and will vary slightly from garment to garment

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

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 17 October, 2008.