The kirtle and smock were key components of the Renaissance wardrobe as they could be worn alone as a day dress or as a foundation garment underneath a formal gown. The Renaissance Faire Side Laced Kirtle includes a square necked smock with optional blackwork embroidery at the neckline and cuffs. It fastens with the back with a single snap or button closure and is finished with a subtle asymmetrical hem. The Kirtle laces up each side with three sets of eyelets and fastens at the shoulders with two sets of eyelets. The two piece detachable sleeves allow the full smock sleeves to spill out at the shoulders and elbows in classic style and the traditional coif rests securely on the back of the head to complete the historic Renaissance look. As an added bonus, make a spunky present day version. The smock features elbow length sleeves and a slit asymmetrical hemline that is topped with a kirtle that has been updated with a two-piece A-line asymmetrical skirt.
Pair this pattern with Thimbles and Acorns Hampton Court Gown, Pattern #1530-01 to complete your ensemble!
This bundled PDF pattern is designed to fit 18 inch dolls such as American Girl and 16 inch dolls such as A Girl For All Time. The patterns are also available separately. To purchase this pattern in the 18 inch version only click here. To purchase it in the 16 inch only, click here.
Recommended Fabrics: Kirtles in medium weight woven fabric such as linen, wool, cotton, cotton blends, or silk. Not suitable for knits. Smocks and Coif in lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends, silk, or linen. Not suitable for knits.
Past Kirtle ~ 2/3 yard (2/3 m)
Past Kirtle Lining ~ 1/6 yard (1/6 m)
Past Smock ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m)
Coif ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Kirtle ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Kirtle Lining ~ 1/3 yard (1/3 m)
Present Smock ~ 1/2 yard (1/2 m)
Thread. For Past Smock ~ One small snap or 3/8-inch button, 12-inch 1/8-inch wide twill tape or ribbon. For Present Smock ~ One small snap or 3/8-inch button. For Past Kirtle ~ Thirty 1/4-inch eyelets, 2 yards 1/8-inch wide twill tape, cord, or ribbon (natural fibers are easiest to tie). For Present Kirtle ~ Twenty-two 1/4-inch eyelets, 2 yards 1/8-inch wide twill tape, cord, or ribbon (natural fibers are easiest to tie).
Skill Level: Intermediate
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I bought the kirtle and smock pattern to go with the Hampton Court gown. Togther they make a remarkable presentation of Tudor era costume. To make these pieces requires time and attention to detail, but you will be happy with the results.
I have made this costume in AG and AGOT scales. I've made it in modern and historical versions. All are beautiful. Great fit. Great instructions. This is definitely for the patient collector -- a lot of lacing to get this one on. But once it's on, you won't want to take it off. I have made the AG sized version with machine-sewn eyelets. For the AGAT scale, I used the 1/8" eyelets from the scrapbook department. I bought my eyelets online -- positively cheap! And a hammer and punch to set the eyelets. I used Kona cotton which made the sewing very manageable. I used built-in sewing machine stitches along the neckline and cuffs. Be sure to look at Hampton Court which coordinates with this pattern.