1805 Linen Morning Dress
Pale blue linen bib- fronted dress based on patterns in Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion and Nora Waugh's The Cut of Woman's Clothes. The pattern was draped by me to mimic those in the books.
All sewing on this dress and it's undergarment was done by hand in the closest thing I could get to period techniques. Those undergarment's are a pair of transition stays (1795 to 1800), a short sleeved linen shift and a bodiced cotton petticoat. There is a small bustle pad attached to the interior of the dress by two eyelets and a lacing. (by small I mean about 4" by 3" ) It allows the fullness at the back of the gown to puff out just a little and give it the right look.
The decoration on the sleeves and bib is a very simple narrow lace which I sewed done in V patterns. I got the Idea from some pictures in The Cut of Woman's Clothes.
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