1740s English Gown · Costumes · Eighteenth Century

New Year, New Project – 1740s Costume

One of my Christmas presents was the much-anticipated The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them with Style. I am a fan of their blog and — of course — their shoes. 

The English Gown in The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking, pp. 14-15.
American Duchess Guide and Simplicity patterns

The Project

  • Linen shift
  • Stays
  • Under-petticoat
  • English Gown petticoat
  • Jacket
  • English Gown stomacher
  • Neck handkerchief (fichu)
  • 1740s cap
  • Mitts
  • Pocket
  • Apron

All whilst trying to use appropriate materials and techniques!

Sources and Related Links

  • Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox, The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: How to Hand Sew Georgian Gowns and Wear Them with Style (Page Street Publishing, 2017).
  • Lauren Stowell, ‘Hacking the “Outlander” Pattern. Simplicity 8161 – Tips, Tricks, and Alterations’, American Duchess (2016).

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