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early Regency dress of c.1805
as worn by Jane Austen

front and back


chemisette, under-dress, corset and petticoat
day dresses had trains at the beginning of the century.




All layers are of very fine pure cotton to get this grecian-column-like effect. In this example the bodice front has four rows of piping cord to draw up the gathers.

The back skirt is gathered into the few inches of the centre-back panel. A small pad is put under the centre back to give the correct silhouette as seen in paintings and fashion drawings. Unfortunately the corset / petticoat waistline in this example are incorrectly aligned: this mistake is easy to make when you are working on your own and do not have someone else to mark the back waistlines to ensure that they match.

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last updated 11 September, 2011

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