Friday, June 17, 2011


This is the time period where the waist begins to rise.  Many gowns have their waist emphasized by a broad sash (could the appearance of a higher waist have developed from these?).  We can see the transition from the fluff of the late 1780s to the slender column of the 1800s.

Closure: Closed front and Crossed v-necks
Neckline: Broad and rounded or V
Skirt opening: With Fitted bodices 8" plus, with v-necks can be none, Round gowns common
Waistline: Pointed and flat most common

Style: Quarter backs most common, some English still seen
Skirt Pleats: Often less than 1/4", some with cartridge pleats
Shoulder Span: Sleeve corner very high and narrow

Long sleeves in two-part and Elbow length in one-part.

Sleeves:  Small ruffle at hem of sleeve
Style: Mostly hem ruffle on petticoat, some trim down skirt opening
Edges: Rolled hem
Content: Self-fabric or contrast fabric

Solid silk, cotton gauze/muslin, printed cotton, and some embroidered muslins

Waistline is rising quickly, emphasized by sashes.  The bum has lost fullness, but the puffed kerchief is still common.

Summer, 1794

Autumn, 1794


mr.darcy1 said...

I love the chintz gown!

Kleidung um 1800 said...

This era of transition is super exciting! And I love the dawn of the "new" fashion, which is gradually anticipated.