Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Shortgowns and Shortened Gowns
Short gowns were worn for working or informal wear at home. They were popular from the 1760s and into the early 19th century. They were practical and were usually cut in a basic T-shape with triangular shaped inserts added to accomodate the petticoat worn underneath. Some examples from the early 19th century became shaped under the bust with a cord or seam to follow the cut of the Empire line.