Morning Dress Pattern 1800-1820
Based on a gown existing in Locust Grove's collection, this morning gown with side opening would be a perfect addition to your Jane Austen Regency or Federalist period clothing collection. Please measure and double check pattern sizing before ordering. Patterns may not be returned unless in salable condition.
The Morning Dress opens on the left side and has an asymmetrical bodice. The right side covers almost three quarters of the front of the bodice and has a single dart for each bust point. The left side only partially covers this side of the body and contains no darts. The sleeves are long and narrow and end in three rows of cording inside the 2 3/8” sleeve cuff. The right and left front skirts are also asymmetrical, but the side gores are equal in size. There is one single center back panel. The shape and length of the skirt is typical of the early 19th century. The ruffle is made from a sheer light weight fabric which starts at the neck, goes down the right front side and around the hem.
The very high period waist is higher than what a woman in the 21st century would wear and cannot be easily achieved without some form of corsetry. This dress would have been worn over a chemise, corset, and with at least one petticoat.
Dress: The original fabric is a white, lightweight dimity or corded cotton with a soft drape. The pattern works well in various weights of cotton. The usual color is white.
Ruffle: sheer white cotton.
When deciding which size is correct for you to use, measure your rib cage under your bust, preferably with your corset and underpinnings on. This is the single most important measurement. Since the cross-over front is asymmetrical and tied with a sash, it can accommodate a variety of bosoms.