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Prepare for fun with ArmStreet’s new collection for children: First Adventure! We know how difficult it can be to find stylish medieval clothing for young ones, so we decided it was about time we put our design skills to work and create something for kids. Specifically patterned and created to fit the active lifestyles of little ones, and have used high-quality tailoring techniques, great fabrics, and our same attention to detail that you’ll find in all of our adult clothing.
This whole collection aims to be medieval without being specific. We really wanted to make something that would fit easily into a few different time periods without depicting a strict culture or look. This surcoat is sleeveless and has an A-shape silhouette which allows for lots of room to move. Volume is added to the skirt with 4 gores of fabric, which makes it swish as you walk and drape nicely. The sides (sleeve holes) of the surcoat are open, finishing just above the waist, which gives much more room than a regular sleeve as well as being stylish. This means that there is lots of room for dancing, swinging swords, and fun without being encumbered. The overall look of this dress is similar to a women’s sideless surcoat, which makes it a wonderful overgarment. In order to help with taking the item on and off, smaller sizes come with lacing at the shoulders. This is because if we created it with a big enough hole for the head, it would be too large for their shoulders and slip down - thus, lacing was an easy solution. This dress is intended to go down to the ankle (similar to the other children’s dresses in this collection), though it depends on the height of your child.
We have embellished it with beautiful trim, creating an accent color on the neck hole, sleeve holes, and the bottom hem. It also comes with a fabric belt that can be tied around the waist, though the dress looks lovely without the belt as well. This adds a nice bit of contrast and also makes it look a little bit fancier. We’ve constructed it from 100% flax linen, an all-natural textile that feels lovely against your skin once it has been washed and worn in. Linen is also great for all-weather, being both breathable and insulating, and having a fantastic, lush texture to it. We have worked hard to make sure this dress built to last, with very neat, well-finished seams, which we have hidden as well as possible.
Something to remember when dressing children in medieval clothing for the first time is that medieval garments and fabrics fit quite differently to modern clothing. This is because modern clothing uses stretchy knit fabrics as well as technologies such as zippers, which didn’t exist in medieval times. It’s not uncommon for a child to be initially uncomfortable, or feel that medieval clothing is fitting too tightly simply because the fabric doesn’t allow for as much stretch. To prepare them for this, we recommend a discussion about how the clothing will feel different so that they’re prepared for it. We also recommend putting in their arms first and then “diving” for the head hole, as it will be much easier to put the clothing on. Modern children will often put their head in first and then their arms, which won’t work if the clothing isn't stretchy.
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This item is part of the “First Adventure” collection
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