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French Dress with Virago Sleeves, early XVIIth century




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French Dress with Virago Sleeves, early XVIIth century

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  • Manufacturing time standard manufacturing time 4 months
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French dress with virago sleeves includes:

  • Undershirt
  • Corset
  • Crinoline skirt with hoops
  • Fabrick underskirt
  • Top skirt
  • Jacket

A rather austere style of women's clothing from the late XVIth century began to change towards lightness by the early XVIIth century. Thus the farthingale disappeared and the jacket had lengthening fringes reaching up to the middle of the thighs. The waist point of the rigid front insertion formed a rounded U-shape. The jacket sleeves, which became more airy, were tied at elbow level with a ribbon which tied around the elbow in a decorative bow (known as a virago, and the sleeves are often called virago sleeves), and the open seam of the sleeve exposes the exquisite lining. 

And it is the white Flemish lace that sets this era's garments apart from the rest. France continued to set the style worn by the elite in France, England and the Netherlands. Preference was given to soft, shimmering satins, often in lighter tones without much additional embellishment. Lace collars could either be detached from the shoulders with wire supports, or lay flat. Pearls remained extremely popular, both as necklaces and as earrings, dress and hair ornaments.

The undershirt is made of fine white cotton. Its neck and armholes are trimmed with fine lace embroidery. It can also be made of linen according to your wishes and the lace can be added or removed. You can choose to have the lace handmade and hand sewn.

Our set includes a crinoline, however for a re-enactment event we recommend that it is omitted.

The white fabric underskirt is made of cotton, but we can also order linen underskirt. And, of course, in the colour of your choice. 

The corset hasn't changed much since the XVIth century, so we've chosen a corset that belonged to Countess Dorothea Sabine von Neuburg of the Bavarian National Museum in Munich. Our version is made of cotton-lined satin with an inner layer of linen for extra rigidity and shape. You can choose any other fabric.

Upper/top skirt is made of luxurious embroidered wine-coloured taffeta. And the front insert (stomacher) is made of patterned brocade. Jacquard, brocade and silk were also popular as a base and additional fabric. And on request we can sew a version made of velvet or wool. You can also add a petticoat on the skirt.

The jacket is also made of patterned taffeta and the sleeves are inset with patterned brocade. The jacket is embellished with wide lace-embroidered white batiste cuffs. The white cuffs are sewn separately and lace up the jacket just as in the XVIIth century. After they are worn, they are stripped, washed and sewn back on. You can also add a wide white collar with lace, if you wish.

Here is a versatile image of a French dress for a wealthy townswoman or noblewoman for the early XVIIth century, graceful, light, fashionable and seductive. You can make your own wishes and adjustments when ordering to get exactly the dress that suits you and you alone.


If you don’t like the received product for any reason, you may send it back to us within 14 days. If the received item has defects or does not fit your parameters, we will make a new item and send it to you at our costs. If postal service lost your parcel, we make a search of it. If parcel could not be found, we make new item at our expenses.


We ship orders via National Postal Service, who carries order to your local post office. Upon shipping, we provide you with tracking number of parcel. If you need express delivery (DHL, TNT, etc.), please contact us.


Every product is handcrafted and requires time for manufacture. Approximate time:

  • Gambeson and padded armor – 8-9 weeks;
  • Costumes and other clothing – 4-6 weeks;
  • Brigandines – 3-4 months;
  • Leather accessories 2-4 weeks;
  • Metal armor – 2-5 months.

Please contact us if you would like to know more precise terms.

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