1795 Work Dress Pattern


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This gown is of a transitional style with a raised waistline and two back draw string closures. This gown is designed to be worn over a shift, period stays, and petticoats. The drawstring back bodice allows the wear to adjust the fit in the back of the garment.

This sewing pattern was drafted from this original gown in the collection of the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. Included in the instructions is an analysis of the weave structure of the fabric.

Check the measurement charts for sizing. Patterns are printed on 20lb weight paper, with multiple sizes each uniquely color-coded on the pattern. Includes documentation, photographs, drawings, and sewing instructions focusing on period construction methods, but can be sewn using modern sewing machine methods. The person who buys any one of these patterns can be confident that the pattern shapes are period correct which allows the individual the option to be as period correct in sewing techniques and construction as he or she wishes to be.

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