Traditional Central Europe Set
Kirtle with chemise and underdress
This kit consists of three items — chemise, dress and surcoat.
Materials are linen, linen and ... linen.
This time we went after the character with direct historical correspondence - garb of one of The Myrrhophores from The Crucifixion (around 1540), painting by Anton Woensam von Worms.
This dress is rather typical for Germanic or Dutch woman not of noble origin in the first part of the XVI century.
Multiple layers and the costume's silhouette in general denote its owner living in cloven and following fashion, though materials, colouration of cloth and lack of rich finishing speak for her base descent. Such clothes could be worn by substantial townee or farm mistress.
1. Linen Chemise
This classic chemise is made of thin linen thereby beautifully falls off with plenty minor folds. The chemise is deeply gathered at neck, has small slit at the back seam and flowing ample silhouette. In Central Europe such shirt was obligatory for low dresses of the XVIth century to modestly hide tempting curves of the wearer. Chemise also had prolonged volume sleeves fixed at the wrist with the help of casing.
2. Kirtle Dress
We've added touch of elegance to the classic kirtle dress. This is a late version of the kirtle with severing wide cross-cut skirt that provides beautiful bell-shaped silhouette and suits any type of women stature. Dress also has corset bodice that shapes dainty waistline and high bust. The low square neckline emphasizes wearer's charms. In our version fastener is relocated to the back to avoid its occurrence through the fabric of the surcoat but at the same time allowing draw tight the waistline (which is impossible with the help of double side lacing). We also made a bit more delicate sleeves comparing to the original dress at the painting. And finished them with the decorative yet functional fastening with the help of tiny metal buttons. The contrast fabric of the chemise seen in splits between the buttons provides dress with more detailed and festive look. Balloon sleeve top is attached to the arm-hole with three laces which allow adjustment of the level of sleeve top fixation.
3. Surcoat (overdress)
This dress has short sleeves and full skirt with descending silhouette. Bodice and sleeves have lining made of thin linen, wide skirt (9 meters/9.84 yards round at the bottom) also is lined on the inside with the narrow linen ribbon. Short and ample dresses can be draped with the thin lace to display the underlining and still they can be worn without it. Thick bodice of the dress is as tight as possible, low square neckline according to the fashion of the period hardly hides shoulders and bust and full skirt emphasizes movingly feminine curves of the stature.
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- Gathered around the neck;
- Gathered loose fit sleeves;
- Volant cuff with casing.
Kirtle dress features:
- Corset bodice;
- Low square neckline;
- Wide skirt;
- Back lacing;
- Detachable balloon sleeves;
- Sleeve fastening — 5 brass buttons.
- Low square neckline
- Short sleeves with lining
- Tight bodice
- Back lacing
- Wide skirt
- Asymmetric hem
- 100% natural linen
- Corset bones