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Detail of Queen Jane's sleeveMaking a new outfit for a young Tudor lady.

Part 2: foresleeves, forepart, kirtle layers, and revisiting the smock.

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dazeoflaur
Dressing the Tudor Cinderella – Part 2 by Bess Chilver
Stunning- that green is to die for!
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emma
Dressing the Tudor Cinderella – Part 2 by Bess Chilver
I'm really enjoying these articles. I can't wait to see the rest, especially the turned back sleeves!
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valarie
Dressing the Tudor Cinderella – Part 2 by Bess Chilver
I know very little about this period, but I'm getting a good education reading this.
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leonor
Dressing the Tudor Cinderella – Part 2 by Bess Chilver
That damask is AMAZING.

I'm curious why you decided to make the v in back on the kirtle; have you done this before? How do you avoid overstressing the seam? I have a front-laced kirtle with the back cut the same way, and the seam is starting to give at the top. I would love it if there's a solution for this!

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myladyswardrobe
Dressing the Tudor Cinderella – Part 2 by Bess Chilver
Hi Leonor,

It is a gorgeous damask! And more of it is almost on my doorstep - just a 15 minute drive away!

In answer to your question, this bodice doesn't have a centre back seam so there is no stress on the V shape at all. The red petticoat beneat it is also cut on a fold as will the over bodice.

I haven't actually made one with a centre back seam and a V back yet so don't have any first hand experience. However, any seam should be properly finished before wearing if you are putting a centre back seam in place. Alternatively, when making it up, whip stitch the back panels together at the centre back instead of backstitching. Its surprising how strong that kind of seam is especially if the correct thread is used.

I used that method to stitch the skirt into place - and these skirts are heavy.

All the best

Bess.

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leonor
Dressing the Tudor Cinderella – Part 2 by Bess Chilver
Ah, okay. I guess there's a faint fold in the center that kind of looked like a seam.

Thanks!

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