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An Apple Green Kirtle (And, Pink is Period!)

I love green!

I now have a very nice apple green kirtle that will serve as an underdress for my Flemish Gown. The kirtle went together well from the pattern I’d made. I decided not to line the underdress for now, as I’ll be wearing the overdress which will have two layers of linen plus the linen smock, and that seems like a lot. If I don’t feel too hot in four layers of linen this weekend, I’ll go ahead and line the underdress with more linen later. So I just need to finish the neckline, hem the bottom, and complete the hand-bound eyelet holes on the side (I decided to make this a side-lacing kirtle).

Once that is done (today, I hope), it’s time to move on to the overdress. It is supposed to be a darker green (Juniper from Fabrics-store.com) and a golden yellow. I’m just not so sure about the yellow with the green, however. So I think I’m going to switch colors from my palette and do the pink color with the green overdress and move the yellow over to the blue dress, so it’ll look more like the picture on the right.

New color scheme

I think the pinkish color goes better with the greens. And, yes indeed, pink is period. I used it on my first-ever SCA dress in the ’90s, then thought, “wait, would they have worn this color back then?” and decided no and didn’t wear it again. But since returning to the SCA, I’ve discovered that pink is very much period. I don’t know where I (and others) came up with the idea that pink wasn’t period. There are many, many plants that will make pink, or light red, dyes, so it makes no sense that it wouldn’t have been used. Perhaps it’s just that pink, especially a color like hot pink, seems very modern. Also, I think the word “pink” isn’t an ancient word, it’s usage as a noun dating back only to the 17th century — I’ll bet that’s why it seems modern. Thankfully, the color itself is period, because I happen to love pink. It’s my second favorite color after green!

So pink linen … yeah, don’t have any of that either. Guess I need to dye more linen. Rit makes two pinks … a petal pink and a rose pink. Rose is too much; so I think it’ll have to be petal pink. I may not dye it quite so much, though — I don’t want a bright pink! So I guess a trip to Joann’s is in store for me later today after work.

I’m lovin’ this dress so far!

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4 Comments to “An Apple Green Kirtle (And, Pink is Period!)”

  1. I love the color of your kirtle! I see you did one without a waistseam – it looks good. I’m currently working on a Flemish outfit as well, but I decided to use a pattern from Reconstructing History (Elizabethan Common Woman’s Outfit) as a starting point, instead of using the instructions on Drea Leed’s site, as you did. I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m done with the kirtle, though I made mine with a waistseam. I can’t wait to see your overdress – I’ll bet the pink is going to look stunning!

    • Genoveva von Lübeck

      Thank you, April! Yes, I decided to go without the waist seam because I thought it might work better with the farthingale, and even though I don’t plan to wear it with the Flemish Gown, I like the idea that I can re-use the kirtle for another outfit. I also got the Reconstructing History pattern, but I found Drea’s directions so simple that i just went with those. But I want to try the pattern, too — would love to hear what your verdict is on it when you finish yours.I hope you’ll take photos of your Flemish outfit — I’ll keep an eye on your blog!

      • I’m working up a blogpost right now with some of my thoughts on the pattern and such. Hopefully, it’ll be posted this week. One other question – what does the back neckline of your kirtle look like? Mine is a shallow “V”, which fits well but looks…well, not so good.

        • Genoveva von Lübeck

          The back neckline is a curve. I’ll take a photo of it next time I put the kirtle back on the dressform.

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