A fitted gown

If I ever finish the mending of all our gear, or when I allow myself to start this new project, I want to make myself a fitted early 15th century dress.

I have two short sleeved kirtles now and I really would like to have a long sleeved dress.
Since our group tends more toward early 15th century I looked there for inspiration.

My plan is to make a fitted long sleeved dress with lacing on the front and lacing on the arms.
I like lacing better than buttons and since in a lot of pictures they don’t really show a closure I think it’s done by lacing since that is relatively invisible.

I hope in the future to find more documents to help making choices.
For now I have these:


This collection is from The Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry by Herman, Paul, and Jean de Limbourg circa.1405 – 1408/09

In later artwork you still see this type of dress:


Detail from artwork by Rogier van der Weyden 1453-5.
Notice the buttoned under sleeves.

Medieval Combat Society


The statue of the grave of Uta of Teck (1409) shows a fitted dress with a front lacing.

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