Saturday 3 April 2010

Finished Kirtle

I finished the kirtle today, and got some pictures before the batteries in the camera died. They are a bit to over exposed, and I didn't get any good close-ups, I’m afraid. This is the information on the kirtle:

It is made out of 100% mustard yellow wool. It’s sewn together with a running stitch and a backstitch every inch or so, using unbleached, waxed linen thread. The kirtle is completely hand sewn. The seam allowances are folded and sewn down – the fabric is rather thin and frays easily. There’re no shoulder seams, but I did make front and back seams. Gores are sewn into the front, back and side seams from the waist down. It laces up the front with a woollen cord through 47 eyelets. The sleeves have a gore set in the seam that runs up the back of the arm. They are buttoned at the wrists by six self fabric buttons. And here are the pictures:

The kirtle is worn over a linen smock. For being out in public another dress would go over the kirtle. I haven’t decided how I want this dress to look just yet… Perhaps I’ll make it green and sideless.


  1. Oh my goodness!!! That looks absolutely fantastic!!! You look!

    :) Great job!

  2. Ujujuj! Vad fint det blev Sarah!

  3. Hello Sarah!
    What a pretty kirtle I like it!!
    I have being visiting your blog for sometime and I think the time has come to comment! :)

    I really would like to get to know you better!

    God bless

  4. Early one morning, just as the sun was rising
    I heard a maid sing in the valley below
    "Oh don't deceive me, Oh never leave me,
    How could you use, a poor maiden so?"
    Remember the vows that you made to me truly
    Remember how tenderly you nestled close to me
    Gay is the garland, fresh are the roses
    I've culled from the garden to bind over thee.

    Here I now wander alone as I wonder
    Why did you leave me to sigh and complain
    I ask of the roses, why should I be forsaken,
    Why must I here in sorrow remain?

    Through yonder grove, by the spring that is running
    There you and I have so merrily played,
    Kissing and courting and gently sporting
    Oh, my innocent heart you've betrayed

    How could you slight so a pretty girl who loves you
    A pretty girl who loves you so dearly and warm?
    Though love's folly is surely but a fancy,
    Still it should prove to me sweeter than your scorn.

    Soon you will meet with another pretty maiden
    Some pretty maiden, you'll court her for a while;
    Thus ever ranging, turning and changing
    Always seeking for a girl that is new.

    Thus sang the maiden, her sorrows bewailing
    Thus sang the poor maid in the valley below
    "Oh don't deceive me, Oh never leave me,
    How could you use, a poor maiden so?"

  5. Thank you all so much!

    Peter - så du tror inte att jag kommer att skämma ut er? ;)

    Rachel - welcome! I'd like to get to know you as well.

    Janrik, my friend - good choise of lyrics, I do look a bit troubled in the pictures, don't I? :)

  6. Nej, det tror jag inte. Du ser anständig ut, utan tvekan :)

    Bra också att du är aktiv på forumet - det blir mycket lättare för folk att knyta an till dig och veta vem du är om du redan är känd till namn och foruminlägg.

  7. Oh my goodness! I had to catch my breath when I saw the pictures. You look beautiful and the setting is so fitting. You do look perfect and now I have an overwhelming and irresistible desire to make a kirtle too! If I ever do make one I will definitely be studying your previous posts over and over.

    Does the fit and cut of the kirtle support the bust, or do you wear a supportive undergarment beneath it? It looks perfectly lovely.

  8. Sarah Jane - thanks :) I'm not wearing any supportive undergarments, it's all down to the cut of the kirtle, it's quite tight.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the attention to detail. You have a wonderful blog!

  10. This kirtle is amazing! I love the color and detail work - really, really amazing.

    Thanks for posting this; your blog is lovely. :)

  11. Such a beautiful kirtle, and the colour is so nice!


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