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M512M 1800-1812 pattern Gown with Calf Length Overdress

M512M 1800-1812 pattern Gown with Calf Length Overdress.
The Empire style was first seen at the coronation of napoleon and josephine in 1804. This style was based on the English Chemise dress that appeared in paris in the late 18th century. This was a longsleeved tublar dress of soft fine muslin with drawstings at the waist and neckline. By 1804 this dress had evolved into the empire line, a graceful uncorseted figure in soft flowing material belted high under the bustline. The basic Empire dress had a low neckline, high waist, with the skirt fullness gathered or plated to the back and, in the early years, lengthened into a train. Sleeve length and style varied. tiny puffed sleeves for evening, for day dresses, sleeves to the elbow or longer often covering the hand.
Women wore any number of coverings over their gowns.  Shawls were very popular as were capes, cloaks, spencers. many women began to wear two garments instead of just one, in the form of a tunic or overdress, open in the front to meet or cross ay center front. decorations were kept simple. Favored motif followed the Egyptian, grecian and roman designs. Greek keys, circles, dots, squares and natural looking flowers were used. These decorated soft cottons, wools and silks.
colors that were popular included, mostly white, but soft pastels and delicate fabrics with tiny colored dots were used.
About 1808, skirts were short enough to be able to see the shoe and shoes with thin ribbons wound around the ankle, or flat shoes similar to ballet slippers were worn.

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