Central Europe Costume Set

Kirtle dress with chemise and overdress

$519 $444

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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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Chemise features:

  • 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.

Surcoat features:

  • Low square neckline
  • Short sleeves with lining
  • Tight bodice
  • Back lacing
  • Wide skirt
  • Asymmetric hem


  • 100% natural linen
  • Corset bones

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  • Kira 29 of April 2019:

    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?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hello Kira, yes it is possible. Please simply leave this request in the comment to your order. 

  • britt 17 of November 2016:

    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

    ArmStreet team:

    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.

  • Amanda Baucum 01 of October 2016:

    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.

    ArmStreet team:

    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.

  • Anna 30 of June 2016:

    I received the overdress (in yellow) and underdress (in navy) and they are beautiful!

  • Nicole 23 of April 2016:

    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.

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Nicole, yes the front of the dress is shorter. 

  • Cindi Techmeyer 24 of September 2015:

    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!!)

    ArmStreet team:

    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!

  • Bella 17 of September 2015:

    Is it possible to buy the chemise and the kirtle dress as a set without the over dress?

    ArmStreet team:

    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.

  • Francis Gibson 13 of April 2015:

    Stop posting awesome costumes!! want this one too!

  • Kyla Lewis 12 of April 2015:

    Would it be possible to get the outer dress done in wool?

    ArmStreet team:

    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.

  • Amy 12 of January 2015:

    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!

    ArmStreet team:

    Great idea! Maybe we should make something like a tutorial on this hairstyle.

  • Shawn George 12 of May 2014:

    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

    ArmStreet team:

    Here is the separate listing for the overdress with short sleeves (yellow on photos).
    You're welcome!

  • Sara Roszkowski 23 of December 2013:

    What are good shoes on here that go with this? hah

    ArmStreet team:

    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!

  • Josefina Hammond 20 of June 2013:

    Want to see that on my daughter!

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