Make your own kirtle
We have created this original pattern for you inspired by a variety of historical sources, including paintings and existing examples of clothing from the 16th century. The pattern is intended to interpret a look whilst being simple to make.
The kirtle, a basic item of 16th century female clothing, has a close fitting body with a full-length pleated skirt. This pattern has been developed to fit a ten year-old child, however the sleeveless style and front opening of the kirtle means that it could fit a child aged 9-11 without any major alterations.
Time to make: two full days
Download the pattern
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Download the instructions
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A hat for young masters
If you are a young master, how about a bonnet in the style of Henry’s fashionable headwear?
Click here to make your own Henry hat > (PDF, 3.5MB)
A hood for young ladies
Or, if you are a young lady of Court, you can choose between the elegant English hood or the shapely French hood!
Click here to make your own English hood > (PDF, 4.0MB)
Click here to make your own French hood > (PDF, 3.4MB)
Make sure you attach your finest jewels and feathers to your wonderful creations!