1796-1806 Lewis & Clark Era Front Closing Gown
1796-1806 Lewis & Clark Era Front Closing Gown Sewing Pattern by Past Patterns
This front-closing gown pattern was pulled, with permission, from the extant garment in the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana. The gown has no history. It is a day dress. The threads are hand spun and the fabric is hand woven of linen warp and cotton weft. The background is white, interrupted every 7/8 inch by alternate threads of madder red and indigo blue. Unlike today's fabric, the stripes are at a right angle to the salvage.Illustrated instructions for sewing the garment by hand are included, however, this is an easy garment to sew by machine.
The bodice conservatively cut yet it has the fashionable small back of the period. As a result of the small back the sleeves form the shoulders, creating a very comfortable fit. Drawstrings fasten the center front closed at the neck and waist. The bodice is lined. The front lining is loose from the armholes to center front. It crosses over and fastens at center front with straight pins. This front lining does not support the bust. It is to help hold the front closed. A corset is worn with this garment. Past Patterns' will be marketing a 1790's-1809 boned stay in 2003.
The pleated skirt is fullest in the back and flat in the front. A 1-1/2 inch crescent-shaped tuck at center front raises the skirt over the toes.
Pattern is available in 3 sizes: Small (Bust 32-36), Medium (Bust 38-42), and Large (Bust 44-48). Please see back cover photo for sizing chart, fabric and notion requirements. Please choose correct size.