Curtain-Along Dress #2: 1790s

Jun 10, 2013 8 comments
Last year, I joined Festive Attyre's "Curtain-Along" sewing event, when I fell in love with the Waverly "Felicite" curtains from Lowes, and made my favorite dress ever, the 1780 Indienne Robe a l'Anglaise.

Oodles of other amazing costumers have used the curtains as well, and with seeing everyone else's projects, I just haven't been able to stop thinking about the black colorway of this fabric - it's so striking!  (And if I'm honest, I'll probably make something out of the red ones in the future too).  So while Mr. C was selecting his new barbeque at Lowes this past weekend, I took the opportunity to snatch up a couple panels of curtains, with the idea of this dress dancing through my mind:

The gown is from the Museum of London.  You won't find it on their site - this photo came from an image directory on the University of Vermont's website.  No date, but it's round about 1790s/1800s.  I adore the low, scooped next, the simple sleeves, and...of course...the fabric.

The original fabric has a dark teal ground, and a smaller chintz print than the black curtains I'll be working with, but I'm hoping to achieve the overall effect.  Thanks to several comments on Facebook, I know this dress is a bib-front, and the decoration at the neckline is cording.  I am thinking of messing around with my Robe Royaliste pattern, to raise the waistline, or perhaps just draping a new pattern altogether.  Wish me luck!


  1. Ooooh! So pretty! I really hope this turns out nicely!

  2. It's gorgeous! The neckline is fantastic with those 3 rows of ruffles, or whatever they are.

  3. Wow! Such gorgeous fabric! Your dress will be stunning!

    Hmm. I have some curtain fabric squirreled away somewhere...

  4. Ooh I'm so excited to see how it turns out! I love that your making something a little later then the majority of the curtain along projects :)

  5. The greatest look to you! I can't wait to see the finished project; that dress is very, very pretty!

  6. raising the waist is fairly much what they did at the time, so it sounds like a great starting point.

  7. I'm wishing you luck! I love that dress myself; I found it on Pinterest and it went straight into my "to make" folder... for one day. So I'm grateful for the pointers you shared!


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