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April 02, 2012


Berva (Mom)

All I can say is "Wow!" I couldn't do that now if my life depended on it. Probabaly could have 30 years ago . . .


I agree, Berva, wow. period.


PS, upon beginning to make the bodice for a kirtle, I understand now why the Tudor Tailor smock has such a long neck slit.

It does not in fact have anything to do with going over your head, but is cut long so that the base of it doesn't show under the outer garment(s).

As I understand it, Tudor bodice necklines are necessarily on the low side because the fashion for flatness at the front and the lack of (modern) darting mean that the neckline would pooch out unbecomingly if it was much higher than the bottom of the armhole. This in turn means that if you don't want the little reinforcement at the bottom of the smock slit to show (which you don't, I assume!), it must fall beneath the neckline of the bodice.

I do recommend, though, that if you make up a smock to this pattern as a modern nightgown, cut the slit only a little longer than necessary to go over the wearer's head....


I found your blog while looking for an example of this style of linen smock/chemise. I'm writing though because then I looked at the rest of your work and I LOVE the miniatures you are working on! I've been contemplating doing a similar project and it's so awesome to see how yours is coming along! Thank you for sharing your work with the world!


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Well, thats very kind of you to say so! I must warn you that miniatures are very addicting I have since remade that linen smock, since the wrists and neck were a little snug I cut the sleeves off entirely, and rounded the neck and made a channel so that I can tie it with a ribbon and have made a newer one that fits better! with a buttonhole stitch edging in blackwork around the collar and sleeve frills. I highly recommend the Tudor Tailor books!Best,Jeanne

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