A 16th century kirtle in stunning silk brocade from Sudbury Silk Mills.
*bodice and skirts in stunning silk damask ( the gold is lurex, not real gold thread, naturally...) this is a very expensive fabric, purchased as a bargain!
* bodice lined with linen. I
*back lacing, handworked eyelets
*handsewn finish - inside seams by machine
* silk, handplaited lace
*bodice is interlined with 2 layers of linen buckram and boned with reed to provide support and the correct shape. The kirtle is supposed to fit very snuggly, flattening the bosom and accentuating the waist. No bra is necessary!
* reed is a natural material used in the period and provides good, flexible support that breathes well and mould to the body with use.
* the position of the straps can be easily changed if needs be
chest, fully laced 36" (92cm)
waist 29" (74cm)
It is designed to be worn either completely closed up, or with a gap - would suit best natural measurements of waist 30-32'', chest 33-40''
- skirt length in front 40" (102cm)
Here shown on size 12
bespoke kirtles in this style start from £460 plus fabric
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