Robe a l'Anglaise Sewing Pattern
Robe a l'Anglaise Sewing Pattern by JP Ryan
This pattern may be constructed in a variety of ways. The two views shown offer a Robe a l'Anglaise en fourreau as round gown with an apron front, or as a Robe a l'Anglaise a la polonaise as an open robe with petticoat. Either view may be made as an open or closed robe.This original design of this gown is based on extant gowns in the following collections: The Chester County Historical Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
All of these gowns have sewn-down pleats tapering to the waist on each side of the center back seam. The pleats radiate from the center back towards the side seams with the material from the center back pleats continuing down into the skirt of the gown. This is the most typical style of en fourreau back pleating from this period.
Examples of this gown as a Robe a l'Anglaise a la polonaise (open robe over petticoat, without pleated bodice back) may be seen in the following collections: The Victorian and Albert Museum, and the Municipal Museum of the Hague.
Both of these gowns share the same bodice seam placement, sleeve shape and polonaise skirt treatment even though they were produced in different parts of the world. Similar garments appear in the collections of 18th century costumes all over the world, demonstrating the popularity of the style and it's universal acceptance.
One size per pattern - please choose correct bust size. Please see back cover photo for sizing chart.