Pattern By: Larkin and Smith
Made in the USA
Please use your bust measurement in stays when ordering.
Suitable for late 1770s-1780s, this gown needs to be made in silk or lightweight cotton fabrics. Fine pleating of the gown skirts release into poufs tied from the inside in the polonaise style or left free. The back of the bodice is pleated to fit the body. Petticoat instructions and a pattern for a bum roll are included. Complete directions with color photographs will walk you through the process using 18th century construction. For example The New-Jersey Journal of 1779 has an ad that included "Ran away . . . an apprentice girl . . . had on and took away with her, one long gown of striped purple callico" as cited in Wives, Slaves and Servant Girls.
After visiting many museums across the US and England, Larkin and Smith have been giving gown and stay workshops for over 12 years. This gown pattern is developed from these years of examining extant gowns and practical fitting of gowns on modern bodies. Urging from students who were unable to attend full classes or travel the distances resulted in this accurately constructed open front English Gown. Like mother like daughter--try the Larkin and Smith Girl's Gown Pattern.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 23 August, 2019.