This dress was inspired by the fashion of northern Europe in the late medieval period and Renaissance. Our design team explored historical clothing and chose all of the aspects that they found the most beautiful when it came to creating the pattern for this garment. We made this dress to solve a problem that our customers always seem to face: layers.
This is just a singular dress but gives the look of wearing a chemise, which gives the whole dress a beautiful layered look. You will notice the renaissance influence in the square neckline. With the main part of the dress plunging down from the fitted shoulders, the chemise aspect of the dress sits straight across the chest in a series of pleats. Lines of velvet imitate the look of horizontal lacing, which was very common to find in the time period. We decided that actual horizontal lacing would make the garment too complicated to wear, and wanted it to be easy to wear. Instead of front lacing, we have added lacing to the side of the dress. Though this isn’t strictly historical, it is very convenient and allows you to fit the dress better to the shape of your body.
The front of the dress includes what appears to be a chemise underneath, which is actually just a panel of fine linen. A cotton insert behind the linen adds a bit more structure and prevents bulges from forming behind the velvet “lacing”. The second place you’ll find the “chemise” aspect of the dress is on the sleeves. The short sleeves of the dress are slim and fitted to your shoulders. From there, the “chemise” look part of the dress billows out in a loose, dreamy sleeve that gives the whole dress a delicate look. The cuffs on this dress (which match the main color of the dress) are removable, so you can choose to wear it without. They in a contrasting color and are adorned with trim and a series of buttons.
This dress is constructed from quality materials and finished with expertise to make sure it stands the test of time. The cotton is thick and structured but still drapes beautifully, making it the ideal main fabric for this dress. The linen “chemise” aspects are the fine linen we usually use for undergarments, meaning it is soft and has a lovely texture. The velvet lacing is strong and rigid and does not stretch as much as some velvet's.
Please make sure that you note that this item is ONE dress – it simply appears to be two dresses layered!Size Chart