Renaissance Faire Side Laced Kirtle
By Thimbles and Acorns
Available in one size designed to fit American Girl® and Other Similarly Sized Dolls
This two piece outfit had its origins in the back country beyond the Blue Ridge Mountain in the early 18th century. A unique combination of European and Native American dress, it became an indispensable garment among the men who made their living hunting and trapping for the European market. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, it was adopted as the first uniform of the Continental Army, giving the American troops a distinctive and unifying appearance.
The Hunting Frock features a double cape and a sleeve with either a gathered or straight wrist. It wraps around the body and closes with one button at the neckline and a sash at the waist that can be made with an unfinished strip of cloth or woven ribbon. The breeches have a drawstring waist with a loose fitting seat. Both pieces are trimmed with a self-fabric fringe, giving it a distinctive American Frontier look. This PDF sewing pattern is sized to fit American Girl® and other similarly sized dolls.