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10th- 14th Century Linen Kirtle

Price:: From $139.95 to $179.95

 

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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • Made in lightweight 100% Linen
  • Also available in made to order Wool
  • The perfect base layer for all your medieval gowns - comfortable and smoothing
  • Works equally well as an authentic undergown as well earlier period simple overgown
  • No visible machine stitching
  • All interior seams finished
  • Flattering and authentic fit
  • Size 6 available as a custom order for $179.95
  • Available in oatmeal, dark brown, dark green, black, bright blue, burgundy and soft gold
  • Price: $139.95
Our Linen Kirtle in Purple worn with a Short Tailed Linen Hood and Decorated Belt

About our Linen Kirtle 

 

We are pleased to offer our medieval kirtle, a simple, elegant linen gown that pulls on without lacing. Medieval artwork of the 10th - 14th centuries often depicts simple, smooth gowns with tapered sleeves and full skirts. In the 12th and 13th century, this gown is often worn as a simple overdress by common women and wealthy ladies as well being used as an under gown with apron dresses, bliauts and pendant sleeved gowns. In the later 14th and 15th centuries the kirtle remains an overdress for commoners, while being depicted beneath the cotehardies, sideless surcoats, and houppelandes of the high born. Very often these images show undergowns of widely contrasting colors and in our quest to provide you with the means to create that wonderfully medieval look our kirtle is available in a rainbow of colors including black, bright blue, burgundy, oatmeal, dark brown and soft gold.

This versatility and long period of use makes our kirtle perfect for many different periods and portrayals. Wear it as an undergown with our popular Apron Dress, bliaut, scoop-sleeve dress , half-sleeve gown, or our new houppelande, to look the part of a well-born lady, or on its own, perhaps with a hood, thin belt and linen chemise for the simpler fashions of the 13th century. Finally, whatever your period of choice, the kirtle is the perfect solution on hot, summer days, where you keep cool while still maintaining the proprieties of a lady!

The kirtle's neckline is shaped to peek out from the neckline of your gown so that it can be seen beneath the overdress. The sleeves are slightly fitted to avoid bunching when worn with an overdress and provide a slight flare at the wrist for that distinctly medieval flare. As with our plain, white linen underdress our kirtle is fitted to the bust and then flares outward, ending just above the floor so that it fits smoothly under your gown without interfering with your train. Our kirtle is made out of 100% linen, with no visible machine stitching.

 

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Three views of our Linen Kirtle in Soft Gold

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Two views of our Linen Kirtle in Black worn with a blue Linen Frontlaced Gown, Decorated Belt, and Flemish Hood (on left) and Turban (on right)


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US Military Personnel stationed in Naples, Italy


Our Linen Kirtle in purple worn with a Turret Hat or Short Tailed Hood and Decorated Belt


 From Left:
-our linen Viking tunic in Brick Red worn with linen Viking Pants in
sage, wool Leg Wraps in brown tweed and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking tunic in sage worn with linen Viking Pants in slate
blue, wool Leg Wraps in olive and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking Apron Dress in Brick Red worn with linen Kirtle in
dark brown, Viking hood in white and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking Apron Dress in oatmeal worn with linen Kirtle in
dark green and Viking turn boots
-our linen Viking Apron Dress in sage worn with linen Kirtle in gold
and Viking turn boots
 

 

Colors and Fabrics 

 

Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

 

Linen colors: Black, Burgundy, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Bright Blue, Soft Gold, Dark Brown, Slate Blue

 

Bright Blue -a rich, bright blue
Burgundy -a dark rich red
Soft Gold- -a true yellow/ gold
Dark Green -a dark forest green
Dark Brown -a rich chocolate brown
Oatmeal -a natural color
Slate Blue -a softer medium blue

 

Size Chart 

 

Size Bust Measurement
2 36" / 91cm
3 40" / 102cm
4 46" / 117cm
5 50" / 125cm
6 54" / 137cm


Size 6 is available as a custom order only. See our Fabric Selection page for current fabric availability. The custom order price for size 6 is $159.95.

 

Our Design 

 

 

Historical Inspirations 

 

Drawing after a detail of the Romance of Alexander, MS. Bodley 264, circa 1340 in the Bodeleian Library, Oxford, England Drawing after a detail of the Romance of Alexander, MS. Bodley 264, circa 1340 in the Bodeleian Library, Oxford, England
Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France
Drawing after an illuminated manuscript Cod. ser. nov. 2644, folio 34r Drawing after Book of Hours for Rome Use, MS M.287, fol.64v, circa 1445 in The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Pennsylvania, USA

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