Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Spring2019 - A New Pattern for Simplicity - 1790s Gown and Open Robe!

Ann Frankland Lewis - 1794. LACMA
I'm excited to officially announce that we've developed another new historical dress pattern for Simplicity!

Since first partnering with Simplicity several years ago I've learned so much about developing patterns for the commercial world. It's *so* different than making patterns for one's self or a niche group and trying to do historical dress patterns for mass printing has been a particularly big challenge.

We've had our ups and downs, certainly - all part of the learning experience. I'm pleased that, with this knowledge and experience, I can now work out the kinks more effectively and produce better patterns.

Emily Seriziat, 1795, Jacques Louis David.
This time around, with the growing interest in the 1790s, and the ongoing love affair with Jane Austen and the turn of the 19th century, I'm working on a late '90s round gown + open robe.

This pattern will be very easy for beginners and offer easy adjustments in its design. There is no tricky stayed-waist fitment, no confusing-and-required period construction, and the results should be flattering and elegant to everyone. As always, there will be machine-sewing instructions in the pattern envelope, but you can easily and quickly put together the garments using the hand-sewing techniques in "The American Duchess Guide."

Gown, French. 1795-1800. via
The pattern will be out in the Spring 2019 Simplicity pattern book, which gives plenty of time to make the gown and/or robe for Summer Jane Austen and late 18th century events. <3

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  1. Looking forward to this--I've been looking for a good pattern from this time period!

  2. Oh wonderful! I am more interested in 1750s-1770s, but there are far more Jane Austen/Regency events in my area so I was considering making a 1790s-1800s dress too and was actually just searching for a good open robe pattern, which I hadn't found yet. Will you be offering a pattern for 1790s undergarments as well?

    1. No undergarments this time but you can wear the same shift from 8579 (or 8578? Can never keep them straight). For stays I recommend either Redthreaded 1790s or making a pair from Corsets and Crinolines. We do a bodiced petticoat in The American Duchess Guide that's really easy too :)

    2. I can also heartily recommend Laughing Moon's Regency undergarments pattern!

    3. Also, Sabine of Kleidung um 1800 published a post on 1790s stays according to Bernhardt earlier this year - the Bernhardt stays are always a "draft to your own measurements" affair, and these are looking good and I definitely want to give them a try.

  3. Omg, I am so happy about this, you have no idea! I was literally just thinking last week that, of my fabrics intended for historical clothing, I was mostly wanting to make round gowns or open robes if I didn't have enough fabric and of what resources I had pattern-wise, and then you post this! Perfect timing as usual!

    I have a half-finished round gown from last year that I just wasn't happy with where it was going and finally just set aside to be worked on another time. Perhaps by the time your pattern comes out, I'll be ready to tackle it again? One can hope... XD

    Will you have different sleeve options for either garment? Also, since you said late 90s, will the round gown have a shaped back but gathered front, instead of being gathered all the way around like the earlier chemise gowns? Can't wait for it to come out! You guys are amazing as always!

    1. The gown and robe have the empire waistline. The gown has gathers all the way around and a gathered bust on drawstrings. There is a long sleeve and a 3/4 sleeve - interchangeable on either the robe or the gown of course :) also, train or no train. It's a very simple pattern that will hopefully be easy and adjustable for everyone.

  4. I'm not likely to use it because I'm a make-your-own-patterns kind of gal, but I loooove 1790s, and seeing more of them is always a good thing, hehe.