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Making 15th century front-laced kirtles. Great information and comparison on waist vs. no waist kirtles

Matilda la Zouche's Wardrobe Burgundian gown, mid-15th century This is a very simple garment. It adds an easy and loose layer of warmth and is always worn over a kirtle. In the King Rene manuscipt, Le Cueur d'Amours Espris, women are depicted removing their Burgundian-style gowns to reveal short sleeve kirtles which lace up the front. The kirtles have black inset pieces pinned to them, which gives the characteristic filled neckline seen in many portraits.

15th century gown over kirtle with pinned on sleeves

BLOG POST: Putting together a wardrobe using the Flemish gown. With just 10 items (not including chemises), she will have over 30 outfits. The post before has info on the Flemish gown and making it. This idea can be used for every period.

This is gorgeous: Red Moselund Kirtle - Gores and Sleeve by Ragnvaeig, via Flickr

sleeveless kirtle - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this ensemble!! So cool! - Bettinas pages