Friday, February 23, 2018

Regency Fashion

April 1817

Walking Dress from Ackermann's Repository

       Muslin high dress, made at walking length; the skirt trimmed with a deep double flounce of muslin, poteted  round the edge, and worked in a light running pattern: the heading corresponds.

Over this dress is a spencer of blush-coloured figured sarsnet, made very short in the waist; the body is plain at top, but has a little fullness at the bottom of the waist. For the form of the front, which is tastefully ornamented with frogs, we refer our readers to our print. A small standing collar supports a double frill of lace round the throat. Plain long sleeves, finished at the wrist by frogs. 

Bonnet a la Flore, composed of satin to correspond with the spencer. The form of this bonnet is new and extremely pretty; the crown is oval, rather low, plain at the top, and full in the middle. The front, which is very deep is edged with an intermixture of blond and white silk cord. It is finished by pink strings, and a bunch of exotics in front. 

White kid gloves. Blush-coloured kid slippers.

I really like this one, the hem is lovely, though I am not quite so keen the collar. What do you think?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fashion April 1817

PARISIENNE BALL DRESS From Ackerman's Repository April 1817

A FROCK of white tulle over a white satin slip: the upper part of the body is formed of a piece of tulle set in full, the lower part plain, and ornamented by three rolls of white satin, which form a cestus. 

The sleeve, very short and full, is ornamented also by rolls, which are placed byas across the arm, and finished in the middle by a bow of ribbon. Two bows of ribbon are placed, one on the middle, the other at the end of the shoulder-strap, in front. 

The bottom of the skirt is trimmed with three rolls of white satin, above which are placed bows of ribbon at regular distances, and they are surmounted by a triple row of rolls. 

An apron of tulle, trimmed with point blond, gives an elegant finish to this dress: it is much wider at the bottom than the top, and is sufficiently short to display the trimming of the dress. 

The hair is dressed very light and low on the temples in front, and the hind hair braided and brought round the crown of the head. It is ornamented only with a band and bow of white satin. 

White satin slippers.  White kid gloves, finished by bows of ribbon at the top.

Interesting detail added by the apron. I don't think I have see one like this before.  I think it is quite pretty.