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UMIFORM

Kirsten Dress in Linen & Vintage French Cotton (Women's) *Limited Edition*

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*Bodice is made from a unique and rare Vintage 50s French black cotton print with fine pattern throughout that was traditionally used to make aprons. Sourced by antique textile hunter @lagrossetoile and paired with a beautiful European Linen waffle skirt - limited availability!*

The Kirsten Dress by UMIFORM has a classic vintage feel, the cut has changed slightly than previous versions with a more refined neckline, longer fall below the knee and improved sleeve. 

The quality of this vintage fabric is just divine and beautiful to wear. The skirt is made from a lovely soft waffle linen from in Eastern Europe where there is a strong heritage of spinning and weaving linen fabric and made by a mill who uses electricity supplied solely from renewable energy sources and is OEKO Tex certified.

Features inseam pockets, mid-length sleeves that cover the upper arm with a cuff and pleat. The waist scoops down at the back giving it a casual easy-to-wear feel with flattering high front waistline. Named after the lovely Kirsten who worked at Woollykins and inspired this dress style.

Small batch made in Melbourne for UMIFORM in central Victoria

Fabric: Bodice 100% Cotton, Skirt 100% Linen. Pockets 100% cotton Lungi check. 

Colour: Black with a fine ecru star pattern on the bodice and sleeves. 

Size (Relaxed fit): Women's S-M (8-12), M-L (12-16)

Size advice. A Women's 12 can wear both Small-M and Medium-L. If you have broader shoulders and bigger bust choose the size M-L.

Measurements (taken flat across the front of dress):

S-M: width across top shoulder 40.5cm, from underarm seam across front 49.5cm, waist width 52cm, length of dress from shoulder to hem 105.5cm (front)/ 108cm(back).
M-L: width across top shoulder 43.5cm, from underarm seam across front 52.5cm, waist width 56.5cm, length of dress from shoulder to hem 107m (front)/ 109cm(back).

Compare measurements against a similar fitting favourite garment.

Care: Gentle machine wash, max 30 degrees with like colours. Line dry. Iron if desired. 

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UMIFORM designs and makes utilitarian clothing for mothers who appreciate beautiful textiles. Handmade in small batches in Melbourne with a waste-free production - all surplus fabric going into childrenswear and mending kits.

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More about linen:

Linen is naturally stain resistant, does not pile, and is moth repellent. It is easy to wash and is a very strong fibre.

It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, hypo allergenic and thermoregulating, it will also absorb up 20% moisture before feeling damp.

Flax is a strong plant best grown in northern Europe. It needs little or no fertilisers and due to the local climate, little extra water. It doesn’t really require pesticides either as it can grow in poor quality soil. The Advisory Commission Report to the European Parliament stated that flax cultivation has positive effects on eco-system diversity as it allows for an “environmental pause”. One hectare of flax can retain 3.7 tonnes of CO2. Every part of the plant is used, what isn’t used to produce linen can be used to make linseed oil, paper, cattle feed or even soap.

Linen is therefore almost naturally organic. It is completely biodegradable, recyclable and due to its natural absorbency, it requires less dye than cotton. Linen therefore scores high on the ecological chart.