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Without her, autumn came and trees became austere, And after that the time grew quickly, year by year by year. Still, I listen for whispers of that song I could have known, And look to my garden, gnarled and my flowers overgrown. I tell myself, as winter comes, if I could just have her here, She would be my finest rose.
This German medieval dress is elegant and simple, allowing your natural beauty to speak for itself while enhancing all of our best assets in all of the right places. For many years, our boned kirtle has been one of our best selling dresses. Though it’s not as embellished as some of our other collections or adorned with trim, it holds a simple, respectful beauty that is hard to deny. High-quality flax linen is combined with a flattering silhouette, a tight bodice and an elegantly draped skirt. Tie on sleeves add a little bit of elegance, with a few bold buttons along the forearm to add some functional decoration.
This dress is heavily inspired by the 16th century, especially Woensam paintings. We begin to see the basic garments of the XIV-XV century branch out and become more structured and higher waisted. This design probably would have been worn by a woman of higher status, as the lacing up the back would be difficult to do up on her own, so she would have had a servant or handmaiden. The base of the German dress is gorgeously simple, though, leaving lots of room for you to make it your own and customize it in a way that suits your persona or character. Who knows - maybe your peasant character just happens to be very good at doing up her own back lacing!
Traditionally, this German women's dress would have been worn with a chemise, as the bust is quite low. The square neckline and boned bodice work together to give you a dainty waist and a high bust, which looks fantastic with the voluminous skirt that drapes to the ground. The sleeves are fitted at the wrist, giving your arms a delicate look, and the buttons break up the fabric to create some contrast with your chemise or shirt underneath. Because the sleeves are detachable, it is up to you if you wear your kirtle with or without.
100% flax linen would not have been traditionally used for this kind of dress (more likely wool), but we like to create items that are comfortable for our customers who exist in modern times! Linen has a lovely weave to it so it breathes very well, making it a perfect all-weather fabric. The eyelets at the back of the dress are metal, meaning you can pull the lacing nice and tight without fear of harming the dress.
Please note that the matching chemise is not included, but is available from our store.
If you’re looking for a more complete outfit, take a look at our full German costume, which includes the chemise, kirtle, and overdress as well.
Please ensure you measure yourself correctly, over the undergarments you wish to wear, as this dress is very fitted.
To check how to measure yourself please click here.
Please contact us if you have any additional questions.
This item is part of the “Renaissance Memories” collection
*If this is a general question we may post it on the page to help other customers, otherwise we will just answer you by email
Can the sleeves of this dress be undone and taken off?
Hello, yes the sleeves are detachable.
What is the approximate skirt hem circumference? I would like to add special trim to it to match my other pieces.
It is about 6 meters but it depends on the size.
How do you recommend washing this?
We recommend hand washing in warm water or dry cleanning.
Is it possible to get this dress in wool if one is willing to pay the difference in price?
Hello Annika, it is not possible, unfortunately.
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Sister and I ordered German Rose custom made. Violet for her / blue for myself. As a forty year professional seamstress, please allow me to convey how exquisitely crafted these gowns are sewn. Quality linen. Excellent seams. Love the boning placements. Professionally pressed. And the sleeves fit our muscular Irish arms beautifully. These gowns fit like a dream. (Definite value having the gowns custom made to your measurements.) Perfect first experience for sister wearing a period gown. I will be a repeat customer. (There's two other gowns I'd love to own.) Thank you again for such great communication and service.
I love this dress so much. I decided to get it custom made and the quality is stunning. Unfortunately it came out about 1/4”-1/2” too big around the waist, but it’s not too much of an issue. I adore everything about this dress and I feel magnificent wearing it.
My experience purchasing this item really highlighted the excellent service J always receive from Armstreet. I originally ordered a standard size as I was fairly confident my measurements matched the size chart. Customer service quickly contacted me to explain that based on the measurements I provided for another item, they would recommend a custom size in the kirtle also. I am happy to report that they were right-- this dress is the most beautiful fit and makes me feel like a princess. I did find a couple of pieces of boning popped through the linen after being worn in a combat LARP, but they were an easy fix and as with all of my gear, a bit of wear adds character. I can't wait to build more layers on top of this gorgeous dress. My only criticism would be that the buttons really stand out in both colour and style, and something a little more authentic would make a huge difference.
I absolutely love this dress! It fits me so perfectly. The quality of the dress is great and the material seems very breathable and easy to wear for the whole day. I love that the sleeves are detachable as well, so if I get too warm I can just choose to not wear the sleeves and am still left with a gorgeous dress!
Good to hear! Thank you for your feedback, we love to see our customers happy :-)
Bought this dress awhile ago and still I am in love. I love the linen Armstreet uses and the color is wonderful. I bought it in yellow. I am a huge fan of mustard yellow and sunflower yellow and the color is somewhat in between this two colors. The fit is perfect for me and it is super comfy to wear, even it has a corset bodice. I love the back lacing, even it is a bit hard to lace it on your own. With help you can lace it super fast. The bones seems to stay in their place and keep their fit, not like very cheap corsets, where bones start to deform after awhile. The arm pieces are a bit tight around the wrists. It does fit, but I personally prefer a bit more space there. Nevertheless, the dress makes an amazing body shape since the smallest part is the waist. I have already a sandhour body shape, but the dress really highlighted it even more. I have good experience with hand washing and every stain it ones had, could be removed and the color stayed wonderful yellow. After awhile I bought the rest of the "German Rose" Collection and it goes super well with all the other products.
I ordered custom sizing in this dreas and love the results! The sewn in boning means I don't have tonqorry about a suppoetive underlayer or corset, meaning i can just put this on and go about my SCA day. It is my go to outfit for camping, as it is easy to layer for warmth and looks great with a fancy overdress for court. As no one is shaped the same, i definitely recommend custom ordering for your size- important in auch a fitted garment. Colour has not faded but corset plastic is starting to poke through the seams after 4 years of consistent wearing (and washing, so its more my fault than construction issues)
Came fast, perfect quality, fits as sewed on me