Embroidered White Day Dress 1800-1850
I made them fuller, knowing that there are other extant examples such as...
Late 1790s Silk Gown
Metallic Embroidered Gown c.1805
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...yet I'm not sure if this is technically correct. When I try on my sleeve it feels so weird to wear something so loose. It's impossible to know how these gowns fit the ladies who wore them or if these gappy sleeves were a later change when the "mutton" sleeve was popular.
|White cotton round gown 1795-1800, Christie's
So here's my dilemma:
- Do I set in the long sleeve that I've prepared--which is less baggy than the green MFA gown but more baggy than the embroidered white day dress--and add a dart at the elbow to make it fit more like the extant portraits?
- Or do I toss the long sleeve and go for a shorter, fitted 3/4 length sleeve? I'm thinking it would be less baggy than the sleeve on my c.1795 gown and more like the example from Christie's?
How would you advise correcting this "trick up my sleeve"? (A little background about my character: I will portray a nursemaid seeking employment with a very wealthy family. You can preview the fabric I'm using in this recent post.)