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Kilbirnie Skirt 1915-1918

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Kilbirnie Skirt 1915-1918


This a digital PDF download.  See 'About Your PDF' below for more details.


Sizes 30-56 (Waist 24"/61cm-50"/127cm)

Difficulty: Intermediate  

The Kilbirnie Skirt is a playful gathered skirt based on an extant garment.  It features the Edwardian version of a 'paper bag' waist: a very high waist held in place with a boned internal waistband, with cord gathering and a small standing frill.  

Fun details and thoughtful construction means it works equally well for historical costuming, historybounding, and modern wear.

View A replicates the original skirt, with rounded patch pockets with cord gathered ruffles that mirror the waist ruffle.

View B is inspired by other skirts of the period, and features decorative front buttons and triangular pockets with buttoned flaps.

The skirt closes at center front with a placket fastened with snap fasteners. The back panel of the skirt may be cut on the fold, or with a center back seam, depending on the width of the fabric.

The skirt is 38''/96cm long: the most common length for ready-made skirts in the 1915-18 period.   It is designed to end at high ankle approximately 2''/5cm above the malleolus bones (the small bones that stick out of either side of your ankle).

The skirt can also be worn with a matching blouse, such as the Selina Blouse, to make a dress in two parts, or attached to a skirt pattern to make a dress.

The Kilbirnie Skirt can be worn over a 1910s corset, such as the Rilla Corset, or without a corset as a modern garment.   

Recommended Fabrics:

Lightweight fabrics in cotton, linen, silk and wool including: challis; voile; lawn; crepe de chine; taffeta; charmeuse; tropical weight wools; lightweight wool crepe; handkerchief weight linen.

The interior belt should be made from a midweight, very tightly woven, cotton fabric, such as poplin or shirting.


Averil is wearing View A in Size 38 in cotton voile.  

Nina is wearing View B in Size 48 in midweight checked cotton shirting. 

Leimomi is wearing View B in Size 38 in blue lightweight cotton chambray.

Jenni is wearing View B in Size 36 in black plain-weave crepe silk.  

All the models are wearing their Kilbirnie Skirts over Rilla Corsets and with Selina Blouses


About your PDF:

This pattern is a digital download. Once you complete your purchase you’ll be sent an email with a link to download a zip file containing your printable files.

You’ll need to open it on a computer: the zip file will not open on phones and tablets.  

The Kilbirnie Skirt zip contains the following files:

  • Instructions: 22 pages
  • Print-At-Home Pattern: 35 pages 
  • Copyshop Pattern: 2 A0 page
  • Printing Instructions: 2 pages


Paper Patterns:

A paper version of the Kilbirnie Skirt pattern is available through Virgil's Fine Goods in the USA.


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