Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Irish Colleen...

A traditional Irish costume made to fit your 18" American Girl size doll.



Now in the SHOP in time for St. Patty's Day. :)

7 comments:

Leah said...

Beautiful!!

Lucy said...

excuse me, I was passing by when I saw this and as an Irish person, I could not ignore it.I assure you that outfit is no way Irish in any way and its PaDDy's day not "patty's".

Lucy said...

PS- its cailin not "colleen".

Anna Kristine said...

Hello Lucy,
Although this costume may not be 100% historically accurate, it is indeed based upon an Irish dress of the 16th Century. You can see more about it here:

https://www.reconstructinghistory.com/irish.php?s=&c=8&d=100&e=&f=&g=&a=215&w=2

As to St "Patty's" day I have often seen it spelled this way in the States, so my apologies for the mis-spelling. And I used the word "Colleen" as that is in the title of a book "Ah, those Irish Colleens!" by Helen Walsh Folsom.

Anyhow, I'm sorry I didn't research better. I love these traditional Celtic costumes and thought it would be fun to make a couple for St. Patrick's Day. I in know way claim to be highly educated in Irish history or costume. Though I hope to learn more in the future!
~Anna Kristine

Lucy said...

Your link is pretty ok, better than most, but the dress on the doll is more Scottish than Irish- http://www.biostrat.net/celticfling/photos/costume_2_thumb.jpg.Irish dress was more loose with long shirts and baggy pinafore dresses,fur cloaks, bare feet and short "trousers".Linen was generally used and dyed in various colours but with no pattern unlike the tartan patterns of the Scots.When the English invaded, they banned the linen and bright dyes because they were expensive and a sign of wealth- and because they regarded Irish dress as savage.They invaded in the 1600's if I remember my history correctly,and after that Irish dress went into decline.

Here are some good links:

http://www.the-irish-path.com/irish-traditional-clothing.html

http://www.the-irish-path.com/traditional-irish-clothing.html

http://cunnan.sca.org.au/wiki/Irish_Clothing

Anna Kristine said...

Thanks for sharing the links Lucy! :)

Costume Queen said...

How cute! I love to make clothing for American Girl Dolls. The little vest is adorable.