The pattern for this day dress 1796-1809 was taken, with permission, from an extant garment in the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana. The bodice is conservatively cut yet it has the fashionable small back of the period. As a result of the small back the sleeves form the shoulders, creating a very comfortable fit. Drawstrings fasten the center front at the neck and waist. Please note that the front lining does not support the bust and therefore the gown should be worn with some sort of corset or stays. The pleated skirt is fullest in the back and flat in the front. A 1-1/2 inch crescent-shaped tuck at center front raises the skirt over the toes.
Illustrated instructions for sewing the garment by hand are included, however, this is an easy garment to sew by machine.
Sizes (US 8-14), (16-20) or (22-26) per pack
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