So, I just finished making this one. Overall, it was pretty simple to put together. I omitted the zipper in the back and had to make an adjustment for the sleeve (the dress was cut to a size 22, but I had to cut the sleeves to a size 30 [My upper arms are pretty large]). The sizing is very small. I cut it to a 22 so i would have some room (i wear an 18 comfortably), but it fits me like a 16.
I didn't get fancy with the fabric (just used basic broadcloth), but overall I'm very impressed with it. I am comfortable running a sewing machine but am by no means a pro. I've had problems with other patterns before, but I was able to do this one with very little difficulty. I will definitely be making a few more.
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com, "otsisto" <otsisto@...> wrote:
> (this will be typing as I think it through)
> I had purchased the pattern for future sewing. It has a false under garment.
> It looks tweekable.
> For one they have the fake opening in the front and zipper in the back. You
> want a front opening and no zipper in the back. You can use the red garment
> body for the under gown, just lay the front seam edge on a fold so that you
> have a solid front and add a little extra to the seams to allow you to slip
> the gown over your head. Lower the neckline a tad. Extend the sleeve length
> to wrist. Make the false sleeves in a different color then the gown and
> loose enough to fit over the under gown sleeves. Oh and remove the darts.
> Now the cap is a little more prairie in looks then medieval but I haven't
> seem all examples of bonnets from northern Europe.
> The other garment, also with false under things can be tweeked for Venetian
> I will say that after reading what would need to be done to tweek, you are
> better off getting Burda 7977 or Reconstructing History patterns.
> With 7977 you would make two gowns. The white under gown would have the long
> sleeves. No lacings up the back or sleeves, you would make the garment loose
> enough to fit over the head. The second you would shorten the sleeves and
> place the lacing in front. You would then make a set (or several sets) of
> removable sleeves. Voila! Flemish.
> These should help give you some ideas
> kirtle w/out waist seam
> kirtle w/waist seam
> After assessing everything, Burda 7468 is fine for first garb, need a garb
> quick but need a pattern, or gold key garb fill in.
> Finally, most Burda patterns are easy. They much better then they were 15
> years ago when most of their patterns didn't have seam allowance.
> Hope this helps.
> -----Original Message-----
> Burda has come out with a pattern for a semi-fitted medieval (15th
> century-ish) gown. I can't find any pattern reviews online yet.
> Has anyone here sewn this one up? Any comments? I've got it, and I plan to
> modify it by removing the zipper, the small bust dart, and the fake under
> (Comments I have read here about Burda 7977 were very helpful, even though I
> haven't sewn that one up yet.)
> Regards to all,
> Giraude :)