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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.
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.
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.
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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Would it be possible to buy the "Central Europe Costume Set" but substitute the "Renaissance Memories Linen Chemise Underdress with square neckline" for the "Central Europe Chemise Traditional XVI century linen underdress" in this set?
Hello Kira, yes it is possible. Please simply leave this request in the comment to your order.
I was wondering if you have any more documentation on the design of this surcoat, other than the painting, as I have not seen a version like this anywhere. Thank you
As we have nothing to do with historical re-enactment, we don`t have any special documentation. We were inspired by the painting and also looked through some materials and here we are with the dress.
Greetings, I will be ordering this particular dress, however I have a few questions. First, I would like to know if you offer fancy sleeve options? I was also wondering what you would suggest to dress this up a bit. Last I was wondering what sort of head covering the model is wearing, or a similar head covering you would suggest.
1. The sleeves can be made in flax linen only. Can be made in any of the colors available for the dress.
2. In purpose to dress the garment up, we`ll certainly recommend adding some jewelry and accessories. Please check our accessories, you`ll definitely find a lot of interesting stuff there.
3. We don`t offer any special headwear to this garment unfortunately, the one the model is wearing was an improvisation.
I received the overdress (in yellow) and underdress (in navy) and they are beautiful!
Hello, is the front of the dress shorter than the back or has it been pulled up for the photo? I'm trying to decide if this dress will meet my needs but I can't find a clear photo of the front.
Hi Nicole, yes the front of the dress is shorter.
I just received the Traditional Central Europe dress/kirtle/chemise costume. Beautiful fit, excellent workmanship, lovely look. Exactly as represented, AND it came quickly. Greetings to you in Kharkov. Thanks very much. I am a satisfied customer and will make another order soon. (French seams on the chemise are beautiful!!)
We're so happy to hear this, it would be great if you share some photos of yours wearing the dress! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences! Always welcome back to ArmStreet!
Is it possible to buy the chemise and the kirtle dress as a set without the over dress?
There is no such set on the site, you can buy them separately: the dress and the chemise. Also, please note our special offer: -10% discount on related products! Click "go to cart" and check which items are associated with what is already in your cart, and get a special discount on them.
Stop posting awesome costumes!! want this one too!
Would it be possible to get the outer dress done in wool?
Neither dress nor outer dress can be made of wool, it's too thick for this design, sorry. Optionally both of them can be made of velvet for some extra.
Is there any way you could provide a tutorial for the model's hair/headpiece with this outfit? I love the twists of fabric and braids! It just screams 15th-ish century Germany. Thanks!
Great idea! Maybe we should make something like a tutorial on this hairstyle.
I really like this onsamble, however, I do not require the kirtle or chemise! All I need is the overdress! Can you tell me how much just that part would cost? I especially like the sleves as they will not get in the way when I reach across my display to get something. (I am a potter) Thank you very much! Shawn G
Here is the separate listing for the overdress with short sleeves (yellow on photos). You're welcome!
What are good shoes on here that go with this? hah
We recommend to wear these shoes with the dresses of such cut - they match just perfect! Also gentle milky color shoes will be an excellent complement to this outfit. The choice of true fashionista - the latest suede ankle boots - available in different bright colors!
Want to see that on my daughter!