I'm revisiting my kirtle pattern. I'm trying to make a better fit. I found a great piece of green linen at Birka this year that I'm making into a light weight kirtle with a squared neck and gores at the hip to hem. As the fabric is 57 inches wide, I'm cutting out two pieces for the body. I'm taking 1/2 my bust measurement plus a few inches for wiggle room and seam allowances. I cut a square neckline in the front piece that is 9 inches down and 8 inches across.
I cut two sleeves in a large triangle with the widest part being my upper arm measurement plus 3 inches and the smaller measurement is the circumference of my fist. The gores are 43 inches long and 15 inches at the widest part and 5 inches very close to the top. This will give me the room for my hips and the fullness at the hem.
I'm going to trim the wrist, neck and hem with a white/green trim. This should give me a much better fit than the previous one.
4 weeks ago