1836-1855 Workdress with Three Sleeves
1836-1855 Workdress with Three Sleeves and Optional Collar Sewing Pattern by Past Patterns
Pattern drafted from the "Workwoman's Guide". View A - 1836-1842 Dress with collar and 2 sizes of short work sleeves. View B - 1843-1855 Dress with a long work sleeve.The #017 pattern was created from "A Full High Gown, To Open in Front" in the Workwoman's Guide. The cutting instructions and construction by the author were adequate for 1836 but would be difficult for today's sewer to understand. To make it easier to sew, we copied the construction and sewing techniques used in original nineteenth century work dresses found in private the museum collections.
According to the author a full high gown that opens in front is "particularly suitable for house-maids, dairy or kitchen-maids, char and washerwomen; they should be made of the strongest print, . . . It is bad economy to buy a cheap poor material for a working dress, under the idea that it will do very well for common purposes, when they should stand a good deal of wear and tear."
The gathered bodice is secured by the lining. If you do not want a gathered bodice you may cut a bodice using the lining pattern pieces.
The fashion fabric and lining are then sewn as one or as we say today the bodice is flat lined.
Accompanying the dress pattern is a large short sleeve, a smaller short sleeve, a long sleeve and collar. All were described as appropriate to wear with the work dress.
3 sizes are available:
Size 8-14 (bust 32-36, waist 24-28, hips 34-38),
size 16-20 (bust 38-42, waist 30-34, hips 40-44),
size 22-26 (bust 44-48, waist 36-40, hips 46-50).
Please see back cover photo for sizing chart, fabric and notion requirements.