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1780s Portrait Dress Pattern
  • Model: 1780sP
  • Manufactured by: Sense & Sensibility Patterns

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Details: The construction of the dresses offered in this pattern comes from the study of dozens of portraits, plus scrutiny of extant gowns for women from this time period, but I've stuck with conventional machine techniques in the instructions to allow for ease of sewing. If you are a die-hard who wants an authentic gown, I do have an appendix with all the vintage sewing steps laid out in detail.
This pattern includes options for a smooth-bodice dress that fastens up the front, a polonaise with pointed bodice front, and a drawstring bodice dress that slips over the head. It also offers elbow-length sleeves with optional ruffles and fitted long sleeves. Please note that correct underpinnings are required for views 1 and 2.
# Sizes 6-26 all included in one envelope.
# This pattern was designed over stays made from the Mantua Maker's Georgian Stays pattern. Views 1 and 2 will not fit without correct underpinnings!
# The drawstring dress option will work over conventional modern underthings if you prefer.
This pattern is rated advanced intermediate because of the sewing knowledge and fitting skills required.
Bust 30.5" to 48", waist 23" to 41", hip 32.5" to 50".

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This product was added to our catalogue on Wednesday 18 May, 2011.