-- a la polonaise as an open robe
with petticoat (View A)
|Both views of the
Robe à l'Anglaise have a closely fitted bodice with an edge-to-edge center front closure.
Side seams are placed well back on the body, giving the desired illusion of a wide full
bosom with narrow back. The over-the-elbow length sleeves may be finished with purchased
trims or ruching and an optional sleeve flounce. Both views have a fitted back. The bodice
back of View A has a waist seam. Therefore, the bodice has a separate attached skirt. The
bodice back of View B does not have a waist seam. Instead, there is a full length panel of
approximately 5 ½ feet in length pleated to the bodice back. The remainder of the View B
back panel attaches to the bodice to become the skirt of the gown.
This original design is based on 5 extant gowns dating from 1760 - 1785, in the collections of The Chester County Historical Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Municipal Museum of The Hague.
Each pattern includes fully illustrated instructions plus fitting and construction tips.
This gown is designed to be worn over stays, and will not fit the female form wearing modern undergarments.
Available in sizes 8 - 22, one size per pattern.
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Recollections of J. P. Ryan