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We can help you make the perfect Medieval dress in your size up to a 60″ bust.
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.
Now fits busts 48″-60″ and waists 41″-53″. All Sizes in one envelope. Historical notes and embellishment suggestions included.
light weight to coat weight wool
light linen or silk for lining
Dress: 6 yds 45″ or 3½ yds 60″ wide
Lining (optional): 6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.