CWSS01 - 1810 to 1820 Front Closing Dress Set for a Working Class Woman Pattern. Size options for XS-M or M-XL. Available in two size ranges: Extra Small through Medium OR Medium through Extra Large Because of the drawstring construction, "Medium" will fit everyone from Size 8 through Size 18! This delightful pattern includes the British Settler's Plain Front Opening Dress, the Scottish Woman's Tied Ruffle Cap (also available below as part of the set, "British Regency Caps", CWH03), cutting diagrams for two short-sleeved chemises created from originals in the collection of the Vancouver Museum (also available separately below as "Two Chemises", CWSS02), plus suggestions and notes to complete the outfit of a settler of the early years of the 19th Century. Also included are a pattern for a pocket and diagrams for a pinner apron and a neck scarf. This dress's drawstring construction allows the same dress to be worn by a variety of women (perfect for historic sites, or for those of us whose size tends to vary), and the front closure allows you to -- at last! -- dress yourself in camp without external help! A note - the sewing line shown on the front of the shoulder in the drawing is not a seamline, but rather the stitching line for the shoulder facing on the inside of the garment. When the actual garment is constructed, this stitch line does not show. Also, the sleeves are designed to fit extremely tightly, so please take this into account when ordering your size range and cutting your fabric. Clear instructions, suggested fabrics and historical notes are provided with understandable illustrations. In The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London of 1807, "ANN COOPER was indicted for feloniously stealing . . . a cotton gown, value 15 s." This pattern is historically accurate and drafted based on solid research and documentation of literally hundreds of extant examples. It has excellent engineering and very clear sewing instructions as well as recommendations as to historically appropriate materials. Include instructions for the novice seamstress along with options for more experienced seamstresses. Regency, Colonial, American Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, French Civil War. Excellent for War of 1812, Regency, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility Era. Authentic, Documented Historic Clothing Patterns for the Living History, Museum and Theatrical Costumer. Regency, Empire, Federalist, War of 1812. Regency Period, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen Era, Beau Brummell Era, Elizabeth Bennett Costume, Jane Eyre Costume, Napoleanic Costume, Regency Era Living History Costume, Mr. Darcy Costume, Great for Jane Austen or Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre, and Pride Prejudice impressions. Fashion in the period 1795-1820 in European and European-influenced countries saw the final triumph of undress or informal styles over the brocades, lace, periwig, and powder of the earlier eighteenth century. In the aftermath of the French Revolution, no one in France wanted to appear to be an aristocrat, while in Britain, Beau Brummell introduced trousers, perfect tailoring, and unadorned, immaculate linen as the ideals of men's fashion. Women's fashions followed classical ideals, and tightly laced corsets were temporarily abandoned in favor of a high-waisted, natural figure In this period, fashionable women's clothing styles were based on the Empire silhouette - dresses were closely fitted to the torso just under the bust, falling loosely below. In different contents, such styles are commonly called "Directoire" (referring to the Directory which ran France during the second half of the 1790s), "Empire" (referring to Napoleon's 1804-1814/1815 empire, and often also to his 1800-1804 "consulate"), or "Regency" (most precisely referring to the 1811-1820 period of George IV's formal regency, but often loosely used to refer to various periods between the 18th century and the Victorian). These 1795-1820 fashions were quite different from the styles prevalent during most of the 18th century and the rest of the 19th century, when women's clothes were generally tight against the torso from the natural waist upwards, and heavily full-skirted below (often inflated by means of hoop-skirts, crinolines, panniers, bustles, etc.). The high waistline of 1795-1820 styles took attention away from the natural waist, so that there was then no point to the tight "wasp-waist" corseting often considered fashionable during other periods. Inspired by neoclassical tastes, the short-waisted dresses sported soft, flowing skirts and were often made of white, almost transparent muslin, which was easily washed and draped loosely like the garments on Greek and Roman statues. Thus during the 1795-1820 period, it was often possible for middle- and upper-class women to wear clothes that were not very confining or cumbersome, and still be considered decently and fashionably dressed. Among middle- and upper-class women there was a somewhat basic distinction between "morning dress" (worn at home in the afternoons as well as mornings) and evening attire - generally, both men and women changed clothes in preparation for the evening meal and possible entertainments to follow. There were also further gradations such as afternoon dress, walking dress, riding habits, travelling dress, dinner dress, etc.
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