RH301 — Shinrone Irish Renaissance Gown

(2 customer reviews)


16th century Irish Women’s Dress sewing pattern



Wear what the Irish really wore!  The Gown that started Reconstructing History!

Buy our full-size paper patterns with complete instructions and historical notes to make a replica of the Shinrone gown bog find with open, darted bodice, hanging sleeves and standing collar. All Sizes in one envelope. Fits busts 30½”-50″ and waists 23″-41″ with instructions to alter for larger or smaller sizes. Waistline is expandable to accommodate pregnancy. Embellishment suggestions included.

Suggested Fabrics:
sturdy (non-stretchy) dress-weight (~10oz) wool flannel (original was a 2/1 twill). Fabric must be able to hold its shape.

Yardage Requirements:
8 yds 45″ wide or 7 yds 60″ wide

matching cord (optional)
buttons (optional)

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Additional information

Weight 0.31 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable

2 reviews for RH301 — Shinrone Irish Renaissance Gown

  1. Jo Clark

    Hi, I purchased the pattern through Amazon. As I am from Shinrone, Co. Offaly I’m very proud you have reproduced this dress.

  2. skonzelman1 (verified owner)

    Ok so I made this dress for a friend and made the corresponding under dress which after actually fitting on my friend is a whole entirely different story. But for now… The Shinrone Gown.

    What I do appreciate is the historical documentation provided with the notes. The pattern gives you both a modern and historic way to construct the garment. The skirt is cartridge pleated and actually turned out very nicely. It is given the option to keep it floor length or mid calf for a lower class person.

    What was a real pain in the neck was the bodice. The construction to me was very confusing. I had chosen the modern method and the self lining thing was interesting in concept but I didn’t like how it came out. I ended up sewing the lining layer and outer layer separately then sewed them together along the neckline and front of bodice. I clean finished the arm holes by doing an rolled hem.

    Additionally I highly recommend a lot of fittings if you’re doing this for someone else. I had to make numerous modifications to the bodice to fit the small size of my friend. The sizing is in my opinion quite bad with this pattern. The bodice is also shaped by darts but this leaves in my opinion an unflattering large gap on the belly. So I trimmed off quite a few inches of the bodice and it laces closed with about a 1-2 inch gap from the top of the bodice to the bottom.

    I feel as though I deviated from the instructions at the beginning of construction and made the dress based on previous experience from other things I’ve made. It was very frustrating but thankfully the end product actually looks really great on my friend and she is happy with it. I would not recommend this pattern though unless you are a big fan of heavily altering a pattern 🙂

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