|1770s Polonaise - the skirts are drawn up with cords, to create the three partition effect the gown is named for|
It's quite a complicated type of dress. Despite the popularity of the Polonaise in the 1770s, there are no patterns available and only just recently have we even begun to differentiate between this and any gown with the skirts drawn up.
I can see why it's not a style made by many. It's *complicated.* Seriously.
|Testing the drape of the gown skirts when drawn up - there's quite a lot of adjusting that goes on there, to achieve different looks.|
*Edit - There are examples in fashion plates of Robes a la Polonaise with back waist seams. They still have the open, hanging front of bodice and overall loose fit, as well as the skirts drawn up in the three distinct partitions. We might be tempted to call these Robes a l'Anglaise, but while they are closer in construction, they are still not the same type of gown.
|The little false front vest is attached on the inside at the side back seams. All of this will be piped with organza.|
The most intense piecing is on the petticoat, with a very deep hem done in the cotton, to be covered with organza. The back of the petticoat is heavily pieced on the sides and left as plain cotton down the center back, where it will be covered by the gown skirt. I'm astonished I had enough to get even this far, and quite like the quirky imperfections of this costume already.
|Piecing the back half of the petticoat.|
I realize at this point I will only have this one new gown down for Williamsburg, but I hope it will be the enormous fluffy monstrosity I imagine, and will be as much fun to wear as I hope. :-)