As stated in the Preliminary post, this dress was taken from the 1795 pattern featured in The Evolution of Fashion: Pattern & Cut from 1066 to 1930. I have always liked the silhouette of the very early Regency. The skirts are much fuller and the puff sleeves had not yet become the norm (honestly, I don't think those little puff sleeves look good on anyone!)
The underdress pattern is incredibly simple with only three parts: bodice front, bodice back, and skirt.
|The pattern for the women's dress and open robe are on the right hand side. As you can see, it is VERY simplistic. The skirt is shown in 1/16 scale, but it's very easy to make since it's essentially a very large rectangle. It's all just math =)|
|You can really see the fullness in the skirt here. The pattern comes out to have an undress with 4 yards of material for the skirt alone!|
|There aren't really any construction guides here (the patterns are for experienced sewists). The information on wear, fabric, and details is quite helpful, though.|
Now for the dress itself. I chose plain white cotton broadcloth. It isn't the most accurate of fabrics, I know. These full underdresses would have been made from fabrics much finer and delicate, like muslin, batiste, or even voile. Broadcloth is rather thicker and stiffer, but I had it on hand and I think it really works in created that full shape.
|This shows the inside of the dress before I stitched down the bias strips that make up the gather channels. Just to give you an idea of how simple this all is. =)|