Dress Fitting and Construction
These tutorials and informational pages introduce the basics of constructing a 14th or 15th century supportive dress (frequently referred to as a cotehardie or kirtle). The fitting demo, as a standalone, is meant for intermediate or advanced seamstresses or tailors. The topic pages provide additional background information that can help a new sewer create a fitted dress.
These pre-project prepping articles contain information that you might like to know before you touch your scissors to fabric. The articles should be considered in beta stage. Please contact me if you find something that doesn't make sense, an error, or ommission.
- Pre-Project Prepping 1: Choosing your Fabric
- Pre-Project Prepping 2: Washing Your Fabric
- Pre-Project Prepping 3: Evening the Sides
- Pre-Project Prepping 4: Transferring to Paper
Once you have your fitted dress pattern/mockup, how do you turn it into an actual dress?
- Lesson 1: Patterning the Skirt and Cutting the Dress
- Lesson 2: Assembly and Lining
- Lesson 3: Hand Finishing
- Lesson 4: Eyelets and Lacing
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These documents are in .pdf format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.