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Past Patterns Ca 1796-1806 Lewis & Clark Era Front Closing Gown


This pattern was pulled, with permission, from the extant garment in the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana. Illustrated instructions for sewing the garment by hand are included; however, this is an easy garment to sew by machine.

The bodice is conservatively cut yet it has the fashionable small back of the period. As a result, 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. 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.

A corset is worn with this garment.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 23 November, 2007.

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