Children’s Kirtle

Children’s Kirtle


    • Based on contemporary artwork and extant garments
    • All interior seams finished
    • Flattering and authentic fit
    • Available in a medieval palette of jewel tones and neutral tones
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored kirtle +$30
    • If you choose parti-colored option add your color choices in the comments box during checkout
    • Made in five sizes to fit infant through young adults
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us(708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.
    • Price: XXSmall -$54.95 – XSmall -$59.95 – Small-$64.95 – Medium-$74.95 – Large-$84.95 – XLarge-$94.95


Our children's wear line is based on smaller simplified, versions of our adult clothing, as it was in period. Head-coverings were a critical component of dress in the Middle Ages. Hoods were common with men and women of all classes, and came in a wide variety of forms: long and short tailed, dagged or straight hems, either pull-over or with an open front that was buttoned or pinned closed. Only the sumptuousness of the fabric, elaborateness of the dagging, or extreme length of the tail distinguished the hood of a duke from that of a villein. In general, the most extreme version of this style with the longest tail was typical in the mid to late fourteenth century, while the shorted tail was most common before and after this time. This design has an open front that can be closed with your own pin, or you can add your buttons to customize its look. Any of these hoods can be ordered with short or long tail in any of the colors listed (subject to fabric availability).


Red, Burgundy, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Sage, Blue, Gold, Dark Brown, Slate Blue, Purple, White, Black, Parti-Colored


XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL


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Size Chest Measurement Length (from shoulder to hem) Approximate modern size equivalent
XXSmall 20″ 22″ Toddlers 2
XSmall 22″ 28″ Toddlers 3
Small 24″ 33″ Girls 5
Medium 26″ 41″” Girls 7
Large 28″ 44″ Girls 10/ Juniors 5
XLarge 30″ 48″ Girls 12/ Juniors 9

White, Black, Red, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Purple

Slate Blue, Sage, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Gold

Note: Please note, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.

Our children’s wear line is based on smaller simplified, versions of our adult clothing, as it was in period. Most clothing for younger children was relatively simple in form and therefor had a very unisex look. The simple kirtle shown here could function as outer layer for any child and could be worn belted or not as was often accessorized with a hood. Throughout the Middle Ages clothes were worn in layers, with a light linen tunic or kirtle forming the foundation over which additional linen or wool garments were worn. The exact nature of these earliest garments is unknown, but by the 13th century, they had evolved into a simple, style we commonly call the kirtle. Worn with a shirt underneath and hood this ubiquitous silhouette was a common style of outwear for medieval children, be they child of duke or cotter. Our stock in these style varies so please contact Customer Service to find out what current availability is in the style you are interested in.


Drawing after an illuminated manuscript Cod. ser. nov. 2644, folio 34r

Drawing after Book of Hours for Rome Use, MS M.287, fol.64v, circa 1445 in The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Pennsylvania, USA

Drawing after a detail of the Romance of Alexander, MS. Bodley 264, circa 1340 in the Bodeleian Library, Oxford, England

Drawing after Le Tres Riches Heures of Jean Duc de Berry circa 1413 in the Bibliotheque du Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Drawing after Gaston Phebus’ Book of Hunting circa late 14th century MS francais 616 in the Bibliotethque National Paris, France

Drawing after a British Manuscript of the building of St. Albans Abbey circa early 14th century Cotton Ms. Nero DI f.23v in The British Museum, London, England

Drawing after the Maciejowski Bible circa 1250 in the Pierpont Morgan Libary, New York, USA

Drawing after the Maciejowski Bible circa 1250 in the Pierpont Morgan Libary, New York, USA

Burgundy kirtle with Hood

Parti-Colored Kirtle with white Tunic

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