This theatrical version of a late 18th-century robe á l'anglaise was constructed in fall of 2017. I patterned, cut, fit, and constructed the dress and petticoat, and Serena Bunn built the understructure.
The dress is made of a blue/cream iridescent silk taffeta and the bodice is boned at the back and sides. The back contains five seams and two long tucks (on either side of center back) as an homage to period construction techniques.
The blue flowers on the bodice front are applied, as is the gold trim on the sleeves, bodice, and skirt. The overskirt is knife-pleated and stitched to the bodice. The sleeves are double-pleated at the cap and contain two darts at the elbow. All bodice pieces are bound individually to allow for easy alteration. The closures at center front are hooks and bars to allow for easy access.