To prepare for the Newport Quakers letters program last month, I needed a gown that could pass as early 19th centruy Quaker. And I needed it in short order--so nothing too complex to pattern or fit.
c.1800 Silk Gown, The Met Accession Number 1979.346.37
I chose this c.1800 gown from The Met as the basis for my pattern...
Morning Dress 1806-1819, The Met Accession Number 1977.293.2
...and this morning gown as documentation for the color. Thanks to The Met's awesome zoom feature, and a lucky day with a cooperative three year old, I was able to pattern the bodice in about a day.
Here's some background about its construction, the shortcuts I took and lessons learned...
The shoulder strap.
This is how it looks from the front.
A look at the inside construction.
The extant gown has pocket slits. I chose not to make these because it seems like trying to wear a high waisted pocket is a waste of time. Or should that be waist of time? : )