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Historically, a kirtle is a traditional outfit worn by women in the Middle Ages. Normally, it was typically worn over a chemise with overdress worn over it.
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 is a part of our Traditional Central Europe Costume.
Please note, that matching chemise is not included, but available in the store.
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My blue kirtle dress arrived yesterday and I absolutely love it!! The size chart seemed odd so I was worried that it would be too small but it fits perfectly and is really well made. A very versatile dress, can be worn on its own (with a chemise) or layered; good for summer and fall faires because of the removable sleeves. Thanks so much for the great buy!
My kirtle in midnight flax linen arrived today. It is well constructed and fits perfectly. I am very happy with my purchase.
Are the seams finished with an oversew stitch (eg Serger)?
Hi Kira, yes, the seams on this particular dress are finished with an oversew stitch.
Hi! I'm wondering what the shoulder to waist length is on the front and back of a size 0. I'm trying to figure out if I need to go custom or if a standard size will work. Thank you!
Hi Maggie, pre-made dress fits the full height of 5' 6" (168 cm). If the full height is smaller or bigger, the dress won't fit, unfortunately. Total dress length is 148 cm.
Hi! Can this beautiful piece be made with steel bones yet?
Dear Anna, we use plastic bones only for our corsets, sorry.
Hi. I have a really large bust (30G) and I plan to order this in a custom fit. I was wondering if this kirtle will provide effective support for me w/out a bra?
Hi Dianna! This is a corset dress. Corset has plenty of plastic bones in it so it provides good support and can be worn without bra.
Hi there, sorry this may be a bit of an odd question but since the kirtle features a corset bodice, should/do I need to wear a bra underneath it? Or does it function in the same way as the Renaissance corset? I mainly ask as I'm unsure if the chest measurement should be with or without a bra. Thank you!
Hi Fionna, you may wear it with or without bra. This corset is not as tight as Renaissance corset, it does not fit so tight.
Today the cloth has delivered. Very early item that i have never seen like this service. I liked it much. I am going to order for your store agian.
Could this be made in velvet?
This dress cannot be made in velvet, unfortunately.
Hi, I just bought this dress. Its beautiful and fits perfectly.
Hi, I'm going to custome order a dress because its on sale now, but shall soon be loosing a few inches. How much can this does be tightened/loosened. Should I over or under estimate?
Hi Kiera, this dress is made according to the precise measurements. Unfortunately, it is not possible to loosen or tighten the corset dress.
Hello, I was planning on ordering the size 8 stock dress in the Kirtle dress and was curious about the length of the bodice from shoulder to waist and/or top of the back to the waist. Thanks
The length from shoulder to waist for size 8 is:- Front length ~19 in (47.5-48 cm);- Back length ~ 16.5 in (42 cm).
Could a farthimgale be worn with this dress?
The dress is not intended to be worn with a farthingale. The dress was inspired by a painting by Anton Woensam von Worms and is related to 16 century while farthingales became popular later.Still, you are always welcome to experiment, it is not impossible that you will find your own excellent look. :)
What are the possible colors for the kirtle? Is it only the red? Also, would any other color besides the red shown here cost extra? Thanks!
It's available in different colors in custom size (made to order) - simply switch to the Custom size tab in the description of the item to check all available colors.
I have this dress in black and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!! I am planning on purchasing at least one more. THANK YOU! ~Katherine
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL dress, and it fits like a dream! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Thanks a bunch for your feedback! We'll share it with our seamstresses and the designer, they will be happy to know that you appreciate their work!
Hi, just wondering if you think that the Medieval Linen Chemise "Archeress" would suit this dress when the sleeves are not attached? Thanks in advance :)
Hi Gen, yes it can be used with the Kirtle Dress. However, kindly note that neckline on the chemise is rounded.
Received this dress a few weeks ago and it was perfect! This is my third purchase from you and no disappointments yet. Thanks Armstreet team for making such quality clothing.
Thank you a bunch for such a great feedback, Anna! It would be great if you could share some photos :)
I am wondering if this dress can be made with steel bones instead of plastic?
We don't yet produce corsets with the steel bones, sorry.
Hello! What a gorgeous dress! Which fixed size would you suggest for a 89-90cm chest and a 80cm waist? Will size 4 be too wide around the chest or could be snugged with the lacing at the back? Thanks!
Thank you! Size 4 dress can be tightened with the lacing at the chest. To get the best fit, we recommend ordering this dress in custom size, it will be made in accordance to your measurements.
Hi Armstreet, Is it possible to wear this corset dress under your "lady of the lake" gown or would the shoulder straps peep out at the neck line?
This dress is not intended to be worn under the "Lady of the Lake" dress, it can be worn under the Medieval Short-sleeved Dress XVI Century only.
Would I be able to tighten the corset bodice lacing myself when I put the dress on, or would I need a friend's help? Thank you
To tighten the corset mightily you may need outside help.
hello i have this in black and will be getting this in midnight blue flax.. stunning i like to know the lost princess gloves in blue will that go with it as well?
Of course the dress may be supplemented by the “Lost Princess” mitts, but please note that the hand warmers are made in more simple, ethnic style.
Is it possible to make this dress in green cotton? Will it look good? Thank you, Ana
Can be made of cotton, simply add a note to your order.
I plan to wear a corset under this dress. Should I take measurements with the corset on?
Yes, please take measurements over your underwear that you're going to wear with this dress.
hello also just recieved this dress in black. again love it and fits perfect thankyou
Thank you, indeed this dress looks great in black!
I was just wondering if this dress could be made out of a different material other than flax?
Hi Megan, it also can be made of cotton.
Hi,I want to say that I love your work! It's wonderful!Perfect! Congratulations!You are the best!
Dress Traditional Central Europe XVI Сentury Garb Does this include the white chemise as part of the dress, or is that separately sold? Thank you, Serine
Dear Serine, chemise should be purchased separately here.
Hi, just wondering if the white under garment pictured is included in the price of the dress :)
Chemise is not included, but you can buy it separately here.
What painting is this based on?
The prototype of this dress is the right woman's outfit from picture of Anton von Worms.
My Wife has some of there dress wares. Good high quality Craftsmanship.
I have this dress worn during medieval medieval festival, many found me beautiful in this dress.