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Pleated Wrapper, Work-Dress, Morning Gown or Maternity Dress 1840s-1860s (LM120)

Pleated Wrapper, Work-Dress, Morning Gown or Maternity Dress 1840s-1860s (LM120)


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Huge pattern pack for authentic Pleated Wrapper, Work-Dress, Morning Gown or Maternity Dresses 1840s-1860s. This dress was copied from a existing wrapper example dated 1840 in the collection of the author. This style would have been worn from the 1840s to the late 1860s. This type of dress was called different names according it’s purpose. It is a morning dress, or wrapper, meant for informal wear.at home. If it is made with finer more expensive materials it is a gown suitable for a wider range of occasions (as you can also tell from the photos below), including receiving visitors in the home. If it is finished plain, it can also be called a work dress. Worn loose it can be worn for maternity. This dress is perfect for impressions of rural or life on the frontier. It can be made with pleated bishop or pagoda sleeve, with or without standing collar and has a dropped shoulder typical of the time period. It falls freely from the bottoms of the yokes, with no fitted lining underneath. The dress is shown pleated to the yokes but can be gathered instead. View A is a bishop sleeved wrapper with a standing collar. View B has a small pagoda sleeves with a piped jewel neckline. Both views can have the pleats stitched down at the waist or left loose, and the waist can be confined with a belt. Both have piping at the armholes, across the bottom of the yokes, and View B has a piped neckline. The front opening can be left open from top to bottom using closures of buttons or hooks and eyes, or stitched closed from below the waist to the hem, using closures from the neck to the top of the stitching. An optional pocket is included.

Sizes US 6-34 included (= Bust 75 – 140 cm / 30 – 56″, Waist 55 – 120 cm / 22 – 48″).

Extensive set with 9 large format pattern sheets and 20 pages of comprehensive illustrated instructions, including historical notes.

Photographic examples 1850-1860s