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Medieval Kirtle needed

Postby minti38 » Thu May 30, 2013 12:33 pm

Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to all this.

I had a kirtle made a couple of years ago for our archery clubs have-a-go events, but the job was done badly & the dress doesn't fit right. I am looking to get it altered & also purchase a couple more but I'm struggling to find somewhere to buy from or have one made? I live in Nottingham & most seamstresses seem to specialise in wedding dresses & some dresses I have found online are over £200 & as I only use it every so often I don't want to be paying massive amounts of money for one.

Can anyone recommend any good shops or a seamstress/dressmaker please? Also, can anyone tell me what kind of fabric would have been used to lace the dress? The seamstress I went to has done it with shiny cord which doesn't look right. I am no good at sewing but have even considered a dressmaking course so I can make my own.


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Re: Medieval Kirtle needed

Postby lucy the tudor » Thu May 30, 2013 2:34 pm

Sorry, I'm not a lot of use for places round Nottingham, for making from scratch, I always recommend Jackie at Cloak'd and Daggered. She is reliable and efficient, and damned good value for great quality and fit. She is based in Cheshire, but gets to lots of shows round and about.
For lacing the one you have, either linen silk or wool, depending on the fabric of the kirtle, plaiting is fine, and period accurate, lucetted cord is more commonly used by reenactors . I make those myself, if you wanted one done for you.
Is there a specific way the dress doesn't fit? ( baggy generally, tight in specific places?) it may be something that could be corrected comparatively easily, if you wanted to email me a picture, I may be able to suggest a simple way to remedy the one you have.

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Re: Medieval Kirtle needed

Postby frances » Thu May 30, 2013 8:42 pm

Oh dear. there is nothing worse than having something made for you that then is not right. I hope that you manage to find the right person to make you the perfect outfit. Good Luck.

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Re: Medieval Kirtle needed

Postby Jackie Phillips » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:36 pm

Hi Minti,

Is there any way you can get to Tatton Park weekend after next (15/16 June)? If you can, and you can bring the kirtle with you, I'd be delighted to take a look and see if it can be altered. I can also show you the kirtles that I have in stock or take measurements to make you one to fit.

Frustratingly, I was at Sherwood at the beginning of May, had we but known, there wouldn't have been so far to travel.

Let me know if I can help.

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