RH819 — 1780s Chemise Dress

Rated 4.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


Colonial Dress sewing pattern



Buy our pattern and make this easy, breezy Chemise Dress.

When in 1783 Marie Antoinette adopted the simple muslin dresses worn by creole women in the French Caribbean colonies, she started a revolution she may one day have come to regret.  The Chemise Dress (or chemise de la reine) is the first indication of the high-waisted, sheer gowns that would come to define the Empire and Regency period.

This is a full-size paper pattern with complete instructions and historical notes for a lady’s chemise dress popular from 1783 until 1793 based on extant and pictorial examples. Fits busts 28″-50″. One size fits all. Embellishment suggestions included.

Suggested Fabrics:
cotton muslin
cotton voile

Yardage Requirements:
4 yards at least 45″ wide

cord for drawstrings
silk ribbon for trim

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Additional information

Weight 0.50 lbs
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable

1 review for RH819 — 1780s Chemise Dress

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Drisana.rm (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed working with this pattern.
    The only thing I did not like was that it does not say in the instruction what I’m supposed to do with the back of the dress. It mentions gathering but only from the end of the front casing to the arm scythe, so it says nothing about the back. Without gathering, it’s very unkempt back there and the fabric is loose above the first drawstring casing. Am I supposed to gather there as well? The pattern does not indicate if it should be gathered, if it should have its own draw string, or anything like that so it’s very frustrating.

    • Kass McGann

      Yes. The back should be gathered with a drawstring, just like the front.

      Thanks for alerting us to the instructions inconsistency. We will fix this on all future patterns.

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