JRPEL - 1750's - 1770's Pet-en-l'air or Robe à la Française. Available in sizes 6-8 through 22-24. The pet-en-l'air has a fitted torso without front waist seam, and a pleated sack back that extends from neckline to hem. The fit of the bodice is controlled by the lining; it has an under stomacher that laces closed in the front and ties to adjust the back. Pattern is for pet-en-l'air, three sleeve flounces and stomacher only. Instructions are included for extending the pet-en-l'air into a gown and for constructing a shaped petticoat which will hang evenly over pocket hoops. Available in sizes 6-8 through 22-24. The robe à la française was one of the most flattering gowns worn by ladies in the 18th century. Fitted closely to the torso in the front, the back of the gown hangs in graceful pleats from shoulder to hemline. This style was popular from the 1750’s through the 1770’s.
In its shortened jacket form, it was usually called a pet-en-lair. The enclosed pattern is for the pet-en-lair, sleeve flounces and stomacher only. Directions are given for extending the pet-en-lair into a gown. In addition, instructions and cutting layout are included for making a petticoat which will hang gracefully over pocket hoops. This original pattern is based on extant examples of sack gowns and pet-en-lairs, as shown in Patterns of Fashion 1, by Janet Arnold; and in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, robe à la française, c.1755-1770, CI 43-90-49; gold satin caraco (pet-en-lair) and petticoat c. 1775, CI 37-57 ab.
Pattern excellent for Colonial Costume, Romance Era Costume, Regency Costume, Lewis and Clarke Era Costume, Wild West Costume, Fur Trade Era Costume, Colonial Military Costume, War of 1812 Military Costume, War of 1812 and Indian Wars costume, Pirates of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp Costume, Will Turner Costume, Orlando Bloom costume, Captain Barbossa’s Costume, Captain Jack Sparrow Costume, Golden Age of Piracy Costume, American revolutionary War costume, and Elizabeth Swann Costume, American revolutionary War costume. Pirates of the Caribbean Impression, cavalier or other pirate impression as well as period accurate colonial. Great for French Indian War, Louis and Clarke, Colonial, American Revolutionary War, King Louis French Court, Marie Antoinette, French Royalty, 1700's impression. Colonial, Georgian, American Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, War of 1820, Regency, Sense and Sensibility, Pirate Era, High Seas Era, East Indies Trading Era. Age of Chivalry. Age of Piracy, Colonial, Georgian.