Portfolio: ca. 1800 “Madame Recamier” Gown

The Idea and Inspiration:

To create a turn of the 19th century “apron front” gown based on two portraits of Madame Recaimer:

Fabric and Materials:

Cream cotton voile with a woven in stripe, bodice lined in mid-weight cotton broadcloth

The Dress Diary:

Planning the Madame Recamier dress in a hurry

Drafting and cutting the Madame Recamier dress

Finishing the Madame Recamier dress

A Madame Recamier photo shoot

The dress at the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Ball

The dress at the Pompeii to Paris talk

A model in the dress

Research and references:

Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860

Gloria’s bib-front dress diary


  1. Ashley says

    I just stumbled on to your site via Pintrest. I am a self taught seamstress and textile enthusiast. Just gotta say, I love everything I’ve seen here so far!

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