RH017 — 14th century Women’s Kirtle or Cotehardie or Medieval Dress

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14th century Medieval Cotehardie sewing pattern



Make yourself the perfect Medieval dress

Buy our full-size paper pattern with complete instructions and historical notes for 14th century Kirtle or “Cotehardie” with long buttoned or laced or short sleeves with or without tippets.  Northern European and Italian variants included.  A variety of closures and neckline options are also included.

It may seem rather academic but the accuracy of your gown depends upon how accurately you construct it. Of course you can make a fantasy version. But if you want to be historically accurate, it’s best to look less like a pink princess and more like the peasants down the street. Also boots, hats, a cloak, and a bodice do not belong with this outfit. Hoods are worn. The hair can also be worn uncovered in elaborate braided hairstyles.

Creating a wonderful woolen gown is all in the cutting. A color you love will make a real beauty. Black or blue or yellow or crimson or even cloth of gold will make a garment elegant in its simplicity.

Fits busts 30½”-48″ and waists 23″-41″. All Sizes in one envelope.

Or order it Made to Measure and get your perfect size!

Historical notes and embellishment suggestions included.

Suggested Fabrics: 

light weight to coat weight wool
light linen or silk for lining

Yardage Requirements:
Dress: 5 yds 45″ or 3½ yds 60″ wide
Lining (optional): 5 yds 45” or 3½ yds 60” wide

Let us help you! At Reconstructing History, we want to see you wearing the best garments you are capable of making. Email us at and we will answer any questions you might have.


This pattern features instructions for manufacturing by machine or it can be hand sewn. Just use the period stitches in the back. You’ll find every pattern in our collection has these tutorials as well as definition, references, sources and suggestions of books for further reading. Plus our blog is another one of our helpful resources. No need for a translator! Keeping you informed is important to us.


Additional information

Weight 200 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable


Standard Sizing, Made to Measure

3 reviews for RH017 — 14th century Women’s Kirtle or Cotehardie or Medieval Dress

  1. Ysane la Fileresse

    I have two wool winter weight gowns based on this pattern, and LOTS of summer wear. I also have loaned the pattern to many people who are a variety of different sizes, and with very little difficulty, they made wonderful gowns. A wonderful, versatile pattern, which is flattering to just about everyone!
    My only note is that the neckline as patterned is too wide, both the Italian and the French, but this is pretty easy to fix — even afterward if you are clever and have leftover fabric.

  2. Leslie

    I have used this pattern to make four different outfits. I made two chemises, one side-laced kirtle and one front-laced kirtle. I joined the front center pieces for the first three, so I wouldn’t have a stitching line up the front.
    This is the most versatile pattern I’ve ever purchased, and certainly my favorite. I would like to mention something about the recommended yards of fabric. I managed to make the side-laced kirtle using 3 yards of 60 inch wide fabric. This was for my friend, who is almost 6 feet. I assume the suggested pattern layout is the one you should probably use, but if you want to use more expensive fabric, or have picked up some remnants, the geometric shapes of the pattern pieces make it very easy to improvise.

  3. Lisa

    I am just beginning to construct this garment. One note: The length of the Kirtle is for someone who is about 5’4″. I did make a muslin first but it would have been nice to have this notice ahead of time.
    I love all the historic notes. Maybe my next one will be in wool as is persona appropriate.

    • Kass McGann

      Thanks for the feedback, Lisa. Please note that is says on the pattern pieces “Extend here to desired length” and under Body Construction in the instructions, you are directed to measure your desired length and extend the Body Front and Back to that length before cutting your fabric. – Kass

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