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A gown even a beginner can make, experience is not a requirement! This full size pattern provides 34 pages of step by step instructions, with 20 pages of color photographs, spiral bound with variations for middling and working class gowns. The back pleating is essential to making a proper gown. Because of this, a template has been include so that anyone can get the pleating looking good right out of the packet.
The gown, often referred to as "en fourreau", although also known as "night gown" as late as 1774 was more often than not just called "gown" by the English. For example The Pennsylvania Packet of 1773, "Ran away . . . an Irish servant girl . . . She stole and took with her, one calico gown of a shell figure" as cited in Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls.
This gown style was in use for more than 50 years. The reason? The open front style adapts to up to a 20 pound weight change, more easily than any other style of 18th century gown. This was very important in pre-industrial revolution time period when materials were so expensive.
After visiting many museums across the US and England, Larkin and Smith have been giving gown and stay workshops for over 12 years. This gown pattern is developed from these years of examining extant gowns and practical fitting of gowns on modern bodies. Urging from students who were unable to attend full classes or travel the distances resulted in this accurately constructed open front English Gown.
Made in the USA.
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 26 January, 2014.
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