RH302 — Irish Woman’s Léine

(2 customer reviews)


16th century Irish Women’s Shirt sewing pattern



Make yourself a real Léine with our pattern by Irish clothing expert Kass McGann!

Buy our full-size paper patterns with complete instructions and historical notes for woman’s léine or Irish chemise with options for modern or 16th century fabric widths. All Sizes in one envelope. Fits up to 48″ chest with instructions to fit larger chests. Embellishment suggestions included.

Suggested Fabrics:
3-5oz linen, white, natural, half-bleached or yellow

Yardage Requirements:
4½ yards 60″ wide

40/2 linen thread or equivalent

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Additional information

Weight 0.31 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable

2 reviews for RH302 — Irish Woman’s Léine

  1. Heidi Bock

    First pattern I ever used, back in 2006. It was easy to use, directions and layouts were clear and of course, my favorite, the historical notes. The only issue I had was when I pleated the neckline, the armhole became too small. I popped out some of the pleats to fix it, but what I should have done was called the company (who will help you if you need it). I found later that I got an earlier printing and I could have made the underarm gusset larger as a better solution. Anyway, I gave it to a friend for her birthday, and she loved it.

  2. skonzelman1 (verified owner)

    Overall this pattern was easy to use. Its made up of a back piece, front piece, and two sleeves that are attached with gussets. I made this for a friend who is very small and petite and had issues with the armholes like the other reviewer has stated. I had to gather as far as the neckline would go to accommodate my friend’s size but the armholes felt really small to me. Additionally, I noted that the neckband pattern that was supplied was several inches too short. I would advise extending it by at least 6 inches before you cut your fabric.

    Overall the shape is very pretty and I definitely think that it needs to be done in a fabric that drapes really well to get the full effect. My friend picked a stiffer cotton for the body pieces and then a looser linen blend for the sleeves. The sleeves are definitely the highlight of the garment and look really pretty.

    All in all, my suggestions for anyone else making the pattern would be to enlarge the gussets (I bought the pdf pattern) and to lengthen the neckband.

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