Currently Out Of Print
This ensemble is based on the kirtle and gown from Janet
Arnold's Patterns Of Fashion. The lines suggest that the garments were
suitable for pregnancy, but the style was worn by women of all ages
and classes, in varying materials.
The Kirtle is an A-line, semi-fitted
underdress, with detachable laced sleeves. It fastens in the back with
laces, and has separate two-part curved sleeves that lace into the armholes.
The hem is stiffened to support the skirts. The front panel of the kirtle
can be decorated, or cut in a richer fabric than the rest of the garment.
While the kirtle would properly have been worn over a smock, and often
a corset, such as the ones in our Underpinnings package, it is not strictly
neccesary to do so, and the pattern give suggestions on the most suitable
choices of modern undergaments.
The Gown is a semi-fitted coat, with
short shaped puffed "mahoitered" sleeves or shoulder wings.
It can also be worn with several of the sleeve styles from the Elizabethan
Lady's Wardrobe pattern. There are two front opening options, one cut
away to show the kirtle or a forepart, the other fastening down the
front to the hem. The gown may be made lined or unlined, with a wide
variety of decoration.
The kirtle and the gown have optional maternity hemlines
and breastfeeding openings.
The patterns are multi-sized from 2 to 28 (view
sizing chart pdf).
In addition, the package comes with extensive instructions:
90 pages of fully illustrated text, 3-hole punched for insertion in
a binder. This includes instruction in advanced sewing and costuming
techniques, appendices, sizing and measuring charts, a detailed bibliography,
and an attractive cover insert.
"My loose dress, kirtle and attifet were entered
into our national crown war this last weekend. I received a masterwork
(our highest award).
"Thank You, Margo, for your wonderful patterns!"