The last pattern we published was An English Gown, with enfourreau pleats and a stomacher front. This pattern will be An English Sacque, c1770s. It is a gown made for small hoops, and it requires much less fabric than an earlier sacque. It is very appropriate for late 1760s-1770s.
Why does the world need another sacque pattern? We have found there is a market for reenactors and costumers who want the opportunity to work from a pattern based on an original example and made using 18th century construction.
This sacque, as in all our patterns will be made in the 18th century manner. No crazy directions for machine sewing something in a torturous way something that was never meant to be machined.
The dating is done by first examining the fabric, and then the style. So let's look at the fabric. It is sweet beyond words. I really would like to find something similar to reproduce this, but might have to settle for something else.
For scale the blue stripes are 3/4 inch wide and the white stripe is one inch wide.
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Not the same, but the similar overall theme of stripes and small flowers. This sample book has example from the 1770s-1780s from the firm of Batchelor, Ham and Perigal. (love this)
Again, similar but not the same. Very much 1770s. So the next step to try and find more fabrics similar to mine will be extant gowns in museum collections.