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“Townswoman” Linen Dress

Short sleeve medieval dress with lacing

$169 $149

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16-21 Days
Manufacturing time
46-51 Days

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“Townswoman” Linen Dress

Short sleeve medieval dress with lacing

While some of our dresses are beautiful for their ornate details and over-the-top embellishment, our “Townswoman” dress is all about crisp simplicity. Colourful, 100% linen is combined with a pattern that makes for flattering lines and a silhouette that looks good on absolutely everyone. At most of our events, this dress is a bestseller simply because it has the ability to bring joy to any customer admiring themselves in the mirror!

The design of this dress originally came from our customer’s requests for a medieval dress with short sleeves. With many events happening in hot weather, people were finding that long-sleeved dresses were a little bit too constricting. Our solution was this wonderful dress that looks medieval, but has nice short sleeves that you can wear with bare arms or combine with a light chemise depending on your comfort level. There is no specific historical inspiration, but the style can be compared to the women’s cotehardie and other examples of more fitted dresses from the XIV-XV century.

The lacing at the front of the dress is what gives it such a great fit. Robustly attached metal lacing rings can be found inside the middle split, and they are sewn in such a way that they are hidden from the outside. This lacing gives you a little bit of room for adjustment, so day-to-day you’re able to change the fit a little bit and pull the lacing in or out depending on how you’d like to wear it. If you’re wearing no chemise underneath, you might like it pulled tight so there’s no gap in the middle; if you have a chemise you could always let the lacing out a bit more to show the fabric underneath. The lacing is also what allows you to make the waist fitted without the need for a modern zipper – simply loosen the lacing, pull the dress over your head, and re-lace it once it’s on.

The most magnificent aspect of this dress is how voluminous the skirt is - four gores have been sewn in to give it extra flow, and it swishes as you walk. The whole dress is made from 100% flax linen, a fabric that softens up over time to be very gentle on your skin. It’s a breathable fabric that is great for the summer, as it allows some air to pass through and your sweat to easily be wicked away. The skirt, sleeves, and neckline are hemmed in a contrasting linen border, which has been expertly sewn to hide exposed stitching.

Chemise (underdress) is not included, but is available in our store.

To check how to measure yourself please click here.

Please contact us if you have any additional questions.

Important note: This dress cannot be made in custom size for the chest circumference bigger than 49 inches (124 cm).


  • 100% flax linen;
  • Synthetic lacing;
  • Metal lacing rings.


  • Short sleeves;
  • Slim fit bodice;
  • Voluminous skirt;
  • Contrasting color trim.

This item is part of the “Stories of the Castle” collection

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  • Cindy 18 of November 2020:

    Hi is the bodice of this lined at all?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hi Cindy, it is not lined, but you may wear it with the chemise like shown on the pictures. 

  • Cam 24 of October 2020:

    Does this have a fuller skirt than the "Forget Me Not"?

    ArmStreet Team:

    Hello Cam, it has the same pattern as the Forget me Not dress. 

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  • Kiersten 01 of August 2022:

    I have two versions of this dress. The lacing strips on the new version are vastly superior to the ones from 3.5 years ago. Thanks for that improvement! The dress itself is gorgeous and well-made. One of my favourite things!

  • 04 of June 2022:

    Beautiful dress! Everything is carefully made with attention to detail

  • Zandra 03 of April 2022:

    Beautiful as always, my 6th dress from Armstreet and it won’t be my last.

  • Brenna 20 of September 2021:

    Amazing dress over all but I had some issues with the lacings of the dress. In the description for materials it says the lacing eyelets were metal but when I received my dress the lacing eyelets were loops of string that were of the same material as the lacing itself, and pull out easily if pulled on a little too hard. Dress and chemise fit perfectly though otherwise

  • Danielle 08 of February 2021:

    I LOVE this dress. I got it custom made in the midnight blue/red combination. I did not order the shift that goes under it - I wear it as a short sleeved dress here in Texas! It is light, the flare of the skirt is GORGEOUS and flattering to the figure. I am 5'6 and 130 pounds (although people usually think I'm 110 - so I look slimmer than I am). The linen is light and not scratchy, although of course, it gets softer with wear (I own several Red Elise dresses and this is the same material.) Keep in mind that the laces aren't really washable... they are a string-wrapped cord, and after one wash the strings have shifted around and I can see the cord. I keep replacement cord handy though, and restring my dresses every so often. **I never put my dresses in the dryer**

  • Inge 02 of December 2020:

    In august i placed my first order the Renaissance Memories Layered Dress custom. I had to wait until October (covid) but it was more than worth the wait! immediately afterwards I ordered this dress : Townswoman Linen Dress also in custom sizes. I ordered it in all black and I am in love again !! The dress fits perfectly! My neighbors are going to see me a lot in this dress! I am also already planning order number 3.

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