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Evening Dress c. 1810

  • FL220
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From a family attic in Chambersburg, PA, this gown was gifted in 1989 to the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University. A reproduction pattern was made by Lindsey Slaugh as part of her MA thesis. Mackenzie Anderson Sholtz graded this pattern and wrote the instructions based on her viewing the original garment as well.  It is a typical period garment showing several alterations to what probably was a late 1790s gown. The waist line has been raised and the shape of the skirt altered to fit the taste of the 1810s. It has a drawstring front bodice with a fitted back, high waistband, and a gored and pleated skirt. The sleeve detail in its pleated and banded accents makes this simple dress truly elegant.  The original fabric is a lilac silk taffeta with bodice lined in white linen. The pattern works well in crisp taffeta and various weights of cotton.

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