Tudor Woman’s Kirtle from 1588

This kirtle was made for a lady in waiting role. The bodice is made of dark red velvet with cream brocade sleeves. The skirt is made from dark red wool and cartridge pleated onto a separate waistband and is worn over a bumroll and petticoat which is made from white linen with a cream brocade forepart attached to match the sleeves.  Originally the kirtle was worn with a small ruff attached onto the neckline of the bodice and a small farthingale hoop underneath the petticoat.


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