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Reconstructing History Pattern #RH212 - 1560s-70s French Renaissance Gown - Tudor Style. Kirtle and gown fits busts 30.5" - 48", Waist 23" - 41", hips 32.5" - 50".
The distinguishing characteristics of a French gown are a pointed bodice descending below the natural waistline, an arched neckline, often split down the front by the opening, padded shoulder rolls, open skirts showing a forepart of kirtle, and stiffened by a farthingale. This style of gown began to be seen in England in about 1559 and persisted in fashion until the 1580s. Interestingly, the gown we typically call "The Tudor Gown" was called a French Gown by its contemporaries in the 1530s, 40s and 50s. Included in pattern are overgown, boned kirtle, farthingale, forepart, sleeves, and directions for a smock and partlet with ruffled collar. Historical notes and embellishment suggestions included.
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