Gwen wrote:I saw (and covertly photographed) 3 of these "supportive gowns" in use at the market I attended in August.
Gwen, hon, you can use the word "Pennsic" here. Really and truly.
Gwen wrote:Perhaps the ones I photographed are poor examples of the technique, but I don't think so.
It could be. Some people also change in size shortly after their "Gothic fitted dresses" are made, and so the fit goes all funky. I think Mathilde's wearing one of hers in this photo (and IIRC was a few months pregnant at that point as well).
Found another online start-to-finish website about a "Gothic fitted dress," on Lia's website -- see the photo gallery or the dress diary for photos.
(FWIW, I'm certainly not claiming that my kirtle-pattern is any more historically accurate -- certainly the "smirtles" are just a made-up blend of two different layers, much more comfortable to wear at humid summer events here in Virginia, even when temperatures exceed 40°C -- just that it fits me for the time being, and doesn't look glaringly awful. I tend to use the pattern a lot like the "body block" in Medieval Tailor's Assistant, adapting it for a variety of different styles. Seems to work out pretty well for me. But usually, the kirtle isn't straining to serve as a support garment too, which tends to cause any outerwear layer to look more awful than it really ought to.)