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 by Thimbles and Acorns 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 PDF pattern is designed to fit 16" A Girl for All Time® and other similarly sized dolls. This pattern is also available for 18" American Girl® dolls.
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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It's perfect. Very well-illustrated, and it's great to have some historical context of the garment in the directions. I'm coming back to sewing after a long respite and I still found the instructions clear. Kudos to Shari!
I was privileged to be a pattern tester for this outfit. I made both the modern and the Tudor designs. So completely different looks. Both fabulous. The Tudor kirtle and smock give a beautiful, slim silhouette to this outfit. So becoming. I used 1/8" eyelets which I liked better than the 1/4" eyelets for this scale. I used 1/8" twill tape for the ties. Easier to tie than ribbon. I bought both online. The multi-colored instructions have clear illustrations, easier to follow than photographs. The sewing on the smock and the kirtle was relatively easy. Prepare yourself for lots of gathering stitches. Beautiful cuffs. Loved the embroidery around the neckline and cuffs -- I used built-in sewing machine stitches (Shari gives some tips). My modern interpretation was a dress and a coordinating fabric for the kirtle which looked like a dress and apron. I used a Christmas cookie fabric for the theme. This was an easy sew. I used this outfit under Thimbles' "Hampton Court Gown". Great combination. Be sure to look at that pattern also.