Replica gown - 1775 "Phebe Massey" dress - re-created by me from an extant dress in Broomall, PA. Completely hand-sewn; chestnut brown silk; apron-front style skirt; 3/4 shaped sleeves; unusual 1-inch 'growth tuck' at hemline (usually only done on children's garments). Lined with antique linen. Exact pattern taken from original garment.
Brown silk round gown with accessories. A frilled 'tucker' edges the low neckline, and a strand of plain "gold" beads are worn, tied in back with a ribbon. A fine linen apron ties about the waist, and has a "pinner" top and pointed center waist front .Either a plainly-dressed mistress or an upper-class housemaid, the lady wears a very full, round-eared white linen cap with ruffles and frills over her bouffant hairdo.
Fashionable lady in polonaise gown, c. 1780. Polonaise gown, hand-painted and hand-sewn reproduction of extant ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; silk calash, replica of extant item in the collection of Pottsgrove Manor. Exotic goods from the East were always highly desirable in fashionable European society, whether they were home furnishings of rare woods, ladies’ ivory fans, or textiles for expensive garments.
Yes, regency-era ladies did wear undergarments! This ensemble starts with a completely hand stitched, short-sleeved shift with low neckline controlled by a casing. Look closely to see cross-stitiched initials in the center front. One option for keeping one's figure under control were 'short stays', with a high waist and bust gussets. Overall is worn a soft linen dressing gown with scalloped ruffles and a double collar. Old-fashioned brocade mules are her footwear.
Side view and sleeve details Sleeves are clasped with mother of pearl cabochons in gold settings. Gown is worn over a full-sleeved silk chemise with embroidered and leced edges. The headdress is also taken from a Renaissance portrait.