Make yourself the perfect Medieval dress!
Our full-size paper pattern with complete instructions and historical notes help you make a 14th century Kirtle or "Cotehardie" with long or short buttoned or laced 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 Kirtle depends upon how accurately you construct it. 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.
The hair can also be worn uncovered in elaborate braided hairstyles (see RH020 - 14th Century Women's Accessories for those!).
RH017 fits busts 28"-48" and waists 23"-41". All Sizes in one envelope.
RH017Q fits busts 48"-60" and waists 41"-53". All Sizes in one envelope.
Or order a Made to Measure pattern in your personal measurements.
Also included are assembly instructions, embellishment suggestions, and the extensive historical notes you've come to expect from Reconstructing History.
Suggested Fabrics: light weight to coat weight wool, light linen or silk for lining
Yardage Requirements: 5 yds 45" or 3½ yds 60" wide; Lining (optional): 5 yds 45” or 3½ yds 60” wide
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.